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Address: Izmir, Turkey

This 19th-century church is lavishly decorated and is the oldest in the...

This 19th-century church is lavishly decorated and is the oldest in the city. It was named after St. Polycarp, the first bishop of Smyrna who was burned at the stake.

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Saint Polycarp Church

The church is only open 3 pm - 5 pm except on Sunday. The entrance is the side white door. Buzz the intercom if you have questions. Beautiful statues and stain glass windows... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
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Miami, Florida
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church is one of the oldest church in town. Well kept .It is not open to public only when there is a wedding or baptize . I had good luck to see it because I have a friend who know the person in charge and open it for us.

Thank Y J
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

The church is only open 3 pm - 5 pm except on Sunday. The entrance is the side white door. Buzz the intercom if you have questions. Beautiful statues and stain glass windows. Nice to be in a church.

Thank zxcxc
Tehran, Iran
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405 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

visit time is from 15 to 17 and we go there tow times and in second time we can visit church but nun was not polite.regardless of nun,everythings are there very beatiful and i advise to see here.

Thank pghadamli
Gold Coast, Australia
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289 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

You cant just go there, you have to be in a group We have seen many Churches but this is special one with a lot of history Sometimes when you go to a Church you have to overlook the religious symbols but this one wasn't overly religious Yes the Nun which others talked about was we were told strict, she... More 

Thank keithba55
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

Discipline doesnt mean to insult religious feelings! She is just impolite. Thats it! Visit was ruined just because of her treat dispite of group reservation. Just beware!

1 Thank özgecan ş
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29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2015

We wanted to visit this wonderful and historic Church this month when we were at Izmir, but a nun, not very polite, just answer the inter phone when we rang the bell and told us that it was not possible to visiting it if we were not a group !!! that was very desagreable !!! we travelled a long way... More 

3 Thank frambus
Tehran, Iran
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2015

we couldn't go inside it was closed and the man who was sitting there told us that it's not a museum and is not open to see ... even if it is still a church not a museum it must be open during the day ! if it's not a place to see so it should not be in the... More 

2 Thank Vida N
Naperville, Illinois
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Reviewed 25 April 2015 via mobile

Our hotel in Selcuk called this place to make an arrangement for our visit. The answering nun (?) told him that they will only accept a group of at least 15 people. But we are only a couple. When we arrived in Izmir, our Izmir hotel suggested that we go there and ring the bell. So, we went to St.... More 

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Fort Worth,Texas
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Reviewed 3 December 2014

Named for the revered, martyred (c.155 CE) bishop of Smyrna, St. Polycarp, is the oldest church in Izmir (ancient Symrna). Reconstructed in the early 1600s, the oranate sanctuary depicts Polycarp's life of service and sacrifice, as wells as honoring additional Christian saints. Visits to the church outside times for worship are by special arrangement.

1 Thank sms1961
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2014

I heard that the church was worth a visit, but unfortunately it was closed (and on a Sunday!??), although we went there within their stated opening hours - very disappointing to have made an effort and only see closed gates/doors. There are other churches around the area that are worth visiting and were open.

4 Thank Kubus4

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