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DETERMINING THE POTENTIAL OF RELIGIOUS TOURISM IN THE RURAL PLACE: THE EXAMPLE OF TERZİLİ VILLAGE IN YOZGAT

Abstract

Author(s): Sinem TAPKI? Ömür BARKUL

Anatolia, which is close to some of the places that are considered as sacred during the history due to its geographic location, also hosts most of them. The land of Anatolia, which has many large and small sacred sites and structures except Iznik, Demre, Yaz?l?kaya, Akdamar, Ephesus, Istanbul, Cappadocia that are well known and visited, is seen as an important destination both for domestic and foreign tourists in terms of faith tourism. Yozgat, a Central Anatolian city, has very important places in terms of sacred places. The subject of the study is to determine the faith tourism in the rural area of Yozgat, which can make significant contributions to the tourism of the country, to read the rural settlement of Yozgat through the existing faith places in the city and in terms of faith tourism to analyze the visiting places of the Yozgat province that has the potential on this subject. In the study, the concepts of faith tourism are given and the situation in the faith centers in Yozgat is examined through the faith centers of Sar?kaya / Terzili Village. Terzili Church, which has an important place among the sources of faith tourism, has an important attraction in terms of cultural and religious tourism. In this study, the importance of the Early Christianity Terzili Church in the province of Yozgat was evaluated in terms of socio-cultural structure and economic structure, and this study will be able to create a wealth of literature in the future studies of faith tourism in the region. It is hoped that this study will contribute to increase the awareness of the buildings with historical value in the district and to open to faith tourism.The aim of the study is to reveal the importance of faith tourism and to reveal the places that are important in terms of faith tourism in Yozgat. It is considered that the economic, social and cultural continuity in Yozgat will provide rural sustainability with the intensification of tourism activities in the rural areas.

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