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“Saint Polycarp Church -- Izmir”

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.
Victoria, Canada
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245 reviews
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“Saint Polycarp Church -- Izmir”
Reviewed 4 March 2013

Seems as though this place is only for 'special' people. As an individual traveller (Feb. 2013), I tried to see the interior of this place a couple of times. But -- first I had to check in with a security guard in a little 'hut' outside the church. He then motioned me over to a 'telecom' device just outside the front door. I rang and rang ... finally some rather brusque sounding woman answered and asked me what I wanted. I asked if it would be possible for me to see the interior of the church. Her abrupt -- bordering on rude -- response: No you cannot! It's simply out of the question! Then she just hung up the phone. Would I bother trying to see this place ever again? Not in a million years! Courtesy doesn't cost a thing, but this woman was obviously bankrupt in that respect!

Visited February 2013
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English first
Izmir, Turkey
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92 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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“beatiful church”
Reviewed 14 January 2013

located across the Hilton hotelis catholic church
beautiful
but unfriendly lady working there
but fathers are great help welcoming you
If you are with a group to visit please ask for appointment before

Visited October 2012
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Samos, Greece
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66 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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“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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1 Thank Sunisles
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Houston
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14 reviews
7 attraction 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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18 reviews
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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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