"'Antioch' is a project that sets out to highlight many important aspects
of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch which has a wonderful rich multi-cultural heritage, both literary and artistic."
—Dr. Sebastian P. Brock, F.B.A., (Retired) Professor of Syriac Studies, Oxford University
Antioch was known in antiquity as "The Great City of God". It was the third most important city in the Roman Empire and the place "where the disciples were first called Christians" (Acts 11:26). It was to become the major Christian centre of what we commonly know as the Middle East and the Bishop of Antioch was given the title "Patriarch of All the East". It served as the mother church of Christian communities as far apart as Arabia, India and China, with its heartland in modern Lebanon and Syria.