St. Paul's Well

The well which is located in the county town of Tarsus, in the neighborhood of Kizilmurat, in approximately 300 m north of the Republican Square, in the region where old Tarsus houses are concentrated, in a courtyard that is accepted as the place of St. Paul's house for a long time, is known as St. Paul's well. Some walls have been uncovered in a small excavation that has made in the garden of this house until recently.

To be considered these ruins and the well as sacred from time immemorial is interpreted as the traces of Christian community which have lived in the town until recently according to the importance of St. Paul for Christianity.

The well whose landscaping and environmental condemnation have been making currently, diameter is 1.15 m. Although the stone of the mouth is in the form cylinder, the main body of the well is in the form of square, and it is made of quadrilateral hewn stones. The well whose depth is 38 m, water never lessens in summer and winter.
The water of the well which is considered as sacred is drunk by the Christians who pass from the region to Jerusalem to become a hadji. In addition to this, the stone walls of the house which was estimated as the house where St. Paul was born, were brought to light right next to the well of St. Paul in the excavations that were made.

St. Paul's Well