Derbe is an ancient city in today's Turkey. This city is mentioned in the biblical book of Acts - (Acts 14:6), (Acts 16:1) and was situated near ancient Lystra.
Although still a subject of controversy, the most likely site of Derbe lies about 15 miles (24 km) north northeast of the city of Karaman, Turkey (ancient Laranda) on a mound known as Kerti Hüyük.
Churches were built to commemorate the visit of St. Paul. (Acts 14:20-21)
A distinctive church ruin is believed to be the home of the last Bishop of Derbe, circa A.D. 1001. A few coins and inscriptions of Derbe are extant.
In ancient times, Derbe was one of a few Christian cities, and was used as a refuge for traveling Christians. Its Christian church was burned and buried under a mountain of soil by the Roman Emperor Diocletian, during the Diocletian Persecution, this event took place just prior to the year 300 AD.
 See also
- ^ "Derbe". Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2007-02-17.
- ^ 37°20'54.85"N 33°21'41.23"E
- ^ Bastian Van Elderen, Some Archaeological Observations on Paul’s First Missionary Journey, 157-159.
- ^ Steve Singleton, Derbe Satellite View.
- ^ William Ramsay, Cities of St. Paul, 385-404.
Coordinates: 37°26′20″N 33°09′50″E / 37.4388888889°N 33.1638888889°E