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Tarsus: The Birth Of St. Paul The Apostle

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Tarsus is a city located inland from the Mediterranean by about 20km in the area of Cilicia, Anatolia and was primarily inhabited by the Hittites until their land was relinquished to the Assyrians and Persians in 400 BCE. It sits on an old trade route which increased its prosperity over its 2000 years of known historical contribution. It was an important point of intersection between the land and sea routes making it a significant place of commerce. At one point it was the accepted capital of Cilicia in the Roman Empire and particularly held fame for being the birthplace of St. Paul the Apostle.
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