|The frescoes at Antakya Archeological Museum are well preserved.|
|Men in the streets of Antakya playing back gammon.|
|A scene from Antakya's 90 years old Affan Kahvesi.|
|The specialty of Affan Kahvesi in Antakya: haytalı.|
|The unassuming Affan Kahvesi from outside in Antakya.|
|Back streets of Antakya around Habibi Naccar mosque.|
|Staples of Antakya: daphne soap and pomegranate syrup, sold everywhere.|
|Arab influence in the mosque architecture in Antakya:|
Habibi Naccar mosque.
|Cave Church of St. Peter in Antakya.|
Antakya makes a wonderful weekend getaway from Istanbul as it is easily reached with frequent daily flights. I stayed in the pretty central boutique hotel Liwan but I read in the tripadvisor that some guests complained about the noise. For more on the hotel, see here. Lastly, one must not leave Antakya before heading to the Cave Church of St. Peter, dating from 2 AD! For more on Hatay (Antakya) click here.