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“A small church”

Ranked #40 of 147 things to do in Izmir
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Owner description: 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.
Samos, Greece
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67 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A small church”
Reviewed 9 November 2012

This is a small Greek church near the Hilton. St. Polycarp, translated means produces many works in Greek. The patron saint for creative productive types! If you are walking in the Hilton waterfront area you might give it a look!

Visited June 2012
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Houston
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14 reviews
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“Mass held here”
Reviewed 25 June 2012

We had Mass while here, so my review is based on that. Beautiful church!

Visited June 2012
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Worldwide
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“Gorgeous frescos!”
Reviewed 11 June 2012

This church is worth a visit if you are in the area. The frescos are magnificient. Unfortunately the lighting inside the church is a little harsh.

Visited May 2012
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Tølløse
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Couldn't get into the church”
Reviewed 27 November 2011

We would have visited the church but it was unfortunately only for groups and we were just two persons.

Visited November 2011
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Spectacular interior!”
Reviewed 14 August 2011

It was Easter Sunday morning, I was returning to my hotel from a walk and by chance came across St Polycarps. The Church is enclosed by a high wall and seems to remain closed most of the time and only opens on important days. It was my lucky day as there was a Mass for Easter Sunday and I managed to gain entry into this spectacular Church. The Church is beautiful, the Mass was said in many different languages and it felt a privilege to have been part of it. I spent quite a long time taking beautiful photos of this ancient Church. There is an intercom system in the side road but even though I used it, nobody answers. There are huge gates which lock the building, hopefully any traveller wanting to see this sight will have the opportunity, try knocking on these gates as sometimes there is a gardener in the grounds. Learn some basic Turkish, it may be in your favour to gain entry.

Visited April 2011
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