Turkey holds a key place in Christian history right alongside of Israel. Some of history's most influential biblical figures walked this land: Paul's journeys took him through what is now Turkey several times; Noah stepped off the Ark onto Mount Ararat. It was here that God spoke to Abraham to leave his homeland and move to the land of Canaan, now Israel, where God would make of him a great nation; and it was a centre of the early church during the Byzantine Empire. When Constantine split the Eastern and Western parts of his Empire, the Eastern capitol was placed in Byzantium and called Constantinople (It is known today as Istanbul).
The modern country of Turkey is home to all seven churches mentioned in the opening chapters of the Book of Revelation.
The maps of Turkey during Biblical time show the familiar Biblical names of Harran where Abraham lived; Antioch where the believers were first called Christians; Ephesus where a significant church was founded and where Paul's presence caused a riot; Tarsus where Paul was born; and Cappadocia where early Christians fled when persecuted.