Tarsus, Turkey is famous for its biblical association. It is the birthplace of St Paul the Apostle. The town is visited by a number of tourists and pilgrims. It is situated in the Cilicia prefecture, and is situated about twenty seven kilo meters from Mersin, which is in the east. St Paul the Apostle is said to have declared his pride for the city. At the time of his arrest in Jerusalem, he proudly said, “I am a Jew and a citizen of the city of Tarsis, Cilicia.”
Tarsus has been a major trading port ever since 2300 BC. The city was home to none other than Cleopatra and Mark Antony in the 1st century BC. The city is a significant location for not only Christians, but Muslims as well. Apart from the archaeological significance, Tarsus is also known for being the once home of several cultures, including Roman, Byzantium and Ottoman.