When I read the Bible and studied the cities in history, I saw Antioch multiple times.  So I googled it and checked the location and the current name.

From the Wikipedia:

Antioch on the Orontes (/ˈænti.ɒk/; Ancient Greek: Ἀντιόχεια ἡ ἐπὶ Ὀρόντου, romanizedAntiókheia hē epì Oróntou, pronounced [anti.ó.kʰeː.a])[note 1] was a Hellenistic Greek city[1][2] founded by Seleucus I Nicator in 300 BC.[3] It was one of the greatest and most important Greek cities of the Hellenistic period.[2] The city served as the capital of the Seleucid Empire and later as regional capital to both the Roman and Byzantine Empire. During the Crusades, Antioch served as the capital of the Principality of Antioch, one of four Crusader states that were founded in the Levant. Its inhabitants were known as Antiochenes. The modern city of Antakya, in Hatay Province of Turkey, was named after the ancient city, which lies in ruins on the Orontes River and did not overlap in habitation with the modern city.

Here is an article about the Church of Antioch.

There is also an article about Antioch in the Bible.

I found the current city, Antakya, Turkey on Google Maps,

The GPS coordinate of it is 36°12’00.0″N 36°09’00.0″E.

I changed the view to satellite view.  Zoom in. I saw most of the lands are sandfields. The roads are wiped out.

Why is it ruined? What happened?

The street view looks OK, normal street, with buildings and people. But the latest street view is 2022. The Satellite view is 2024. Maybe a few months ago, the satellite took the picture from space.

I look up the news of the city.  After reading some news titles, I remember the earthquake last year.

There were more than eleven thousand people died in the earthquake, in Feb 2023.

A Turkish family is still afraid to go home one year after deadly earthquake


I can see a lot of temporary shelters from the satellite view.

I pray for the people who suffered from the 2023 earthquake. May God bless them and let them home early.



David Yin

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