Saint Polycarp Church
Saint Polycarp Church
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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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Shane Pena
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Someone I met on the plane had told me that I should not leave İzmir without stopping here.It has a fascinating architecture. If you have time you should stop there!
Written 16 March 2020
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squirrelflies
Singapore, Singapore235 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The exterior of the church may seem simple and you may even walk pass it. The entrance can be easily missed where it's a small beige gate which you have to buzz yourself in, so keep a look out for it. The opening hours are quite short too so the best time to go will be during the early afternoon. Inside the church, you can feel the sereneness and peacefulness while admiring the architecture and murals all around the ceiling, walls and pillars. Worth a quick visit!
Written 9 March 2020
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Rosalynn
London, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Do not be deceived by its understated facade and appearance, this church is marvellous and richly decorated inside! Had quite a bit of trouble locating it as none of the locals know it, surprisingly.
Upon arrival, it seems shut, but you have to ring the buzzer to be let in, and go through a quick luggage inspection for security.
This is one of the 7 churches mentioned in the bible apparently. The highlight was the amazing cupola at the altar, depicting the 12 apostles.
A visit is highly recommended but note, it is only open between 3.00-5.00pm for visits.
Written 12 October 2019
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rolajabr
Beirut, Lebanon18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I was very astonished when entered to this Church. Very holy and marvelous paintings in its ceiling and walls. Of course I was happy that I visited when in Izmir
Written 4 September 2019
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UrbanPixel
Horton-in-Ribblesdale, UK70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Small -ish church but considering construction techniques 4 centuries ago, we thought this is grand.
Written 18 August 2019
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In K
Fullerton, CA26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
They only open 3-5 pm. It small but pretty church and good to stop by. Did not expect to see a copy of the shroud of Turin and good addition.
Written 12 July 2019
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Lana F
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
A catholic church in Izmir, it was reconstructed in 1620, one of the oldest churches in the city. You can visit it with family or friends.
Written 23 June 2019
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rossmB4333CP
Lubbock, United States11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This church closes around 5 or so. Our Tutku guide arranged ahead and made sure their were open. Saint Polycarp was an early Christian martyr of ancient Smyrna (Izmir). This church has a replica of the shroud of Turin.
Written 17 June 2019
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,696 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Exit the rude, ignorant, and insulting staff of yesteryear! Enter new staff: welcoming, friendly, and helpful! And ... no longer a requirement to be part of a group in order to visit the church. Individuals are welcome.

Visiting hours for the public: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - not sure if that includes the weekends, so better check with either the Tourism Office or with your own hotel before heading over there. Photos are also allowed, but without flash. (Does anyone even use flash anymore?)

Centrally located and easy to find, this lovely church is well worth a visit. Don’t be put off by its rather plain exterior and high walls.

Before entering the church proper, one gets a quick bag check and a light pat-down. Then, it’s down the outside stairs, across the small courtyard and into the church itself. English brochures are available inside the church.

The interior of St. Polycarp is stunning. What I hadn’t realised was that the painter of the beautiful frescoes, Raymond Péré, was also an architect. His greatest masterpiece is considered to be the Konak Clock Tower, now the symbol of Izmir.

Also very unusual is the black-clothed Madonna, donated to the church by Catholic Armenians fleeing their native Persia.

Another notable feature of this lovely centrally-located church is the absolute silence within. Hard to believe that just beyond the courtyard walls are multiple traffic arteries. The courtyard itself has benches, strategically placed under green leafy trees.

Highly recommended.
Written 24 May 2019
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Natalia P
Ankara, Türkiye78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
It was interesting to find such an old French church in Turkey. The church isn't just a museum, it works as a regular church. There are beautiful frescoes decorating the ceiling of the building. One can take photos without flash and video is prohibited.
Written 18 May 2019
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