Church of St. Polycarp
Over the years, St. Polycarp Church has undergone several restorations, most notably in the 19th century by Raymond Charles Père, the French architect who designed Izmir’s Clock Tower. Look for a man with a moustache and bound hands within the fresco depicting St. Polycarp’s martyrdom in 155 AD—it’s Père’s cheeky self-portrait.Since the church has limited, unreliable hours, most travelers opt to visit on a tour, which has gained prior permission. If you’re traveling the area, tack on stops to see the remaining six of so-called Seven Churches of Revelation: Ephesus, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Many tours include a trip to the thermal pools of Hierapolis (Pamukkale).