Seven Churches Of The Revelation Visited In Route Tourism In Turkey

Sinem Kunt, Selma Meydan-Uygur

Abstract


Turkey has many historical and cultural riches beloging to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as "Gobeklitepe", the oldest religious center of the world 11,500 years ago. There are many places in Turkey that are mentioned in the Bible. The most mysterious of these places are the Seven Churches (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea). Today it is observed that there is an current demand especially by Christianity groups who came from Europe, America and the other countries for Seven Churches. The aim of this study is to evaluate the route of Seven Churches in religious tourism in Turkey. In this study, a 6-step content analysis model was used. There are 24 travel agencies that organize The Tour of Seven Churches in Turkey. However, there are no logos, emblems and motto of the Seven Churches. In the study present implications to distinguish, promote and contribute to the creation of an effective image of the Seven Churches from other cultural assets in Turkey.


Keywords


Religious Tourism; The Revelation; St. John; Seven Churches

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26668/businessreview/2019.v4i1.92

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