About 5 km (3 miles) from
the otogar (bus
station) in Silifke, off
the road to Taşucu
on Turkey's Mediterranean
of St Thecla (Ayatekla).
A young virgin from Iconium (Konya),
Thecla overheard St Paul preaching
in her neighbor's house and converted to
her beliefs, she triumphed and was
revered by the Byzantines,
who built a splendid church above
the cave where she allegedly sought
shelter from her persecutors.
The church, called Ayatekla, is now in ruins, but the cave beneath
is a place of pilgrimage for
The cave beneath the church: a gloomy place...
Follow the signs from Silifke for
the port town of Taşucu,
and look for signs pointing the way
a view of Silifke,
with Ayatekla and the Mediterranean
in the distance:
—by Tom Brosnahan