One of the oldest churches of Christianity
Hatay, St. Pierre Church
Date of submission to the Tentative World Heritage List: 15/04/2011
List Reference: 5613
St. Pierre's church is located west of the River Asi, in the western slopes of the Hac mountain. It is believed that Saint Peter preached his first sermon in this cave church. The site's exact construction date is unknown, yet it transformed into a church with the annexes built after the adoption of Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire. St. Pierre's witnessed the early Christians’ practicing their faith there, and served as the site of recognition of Peter as the first pope of Christianity. It is therefore one of the most important sanctuaries in the history of the spread of the Catholic faith.