Located 18 miles from Cilician Gates to Iconium little is known of the city’s early history.

Paul’s first journey ended at Derbe before he returned with Barnabas to the other South Galatian churches that had been founded.He passed through Derbe on his two journeys west through Asia Minor (Acts 16:1 18:23).

It is one of three unexcavated biblical sites in Turkey today,along with Lystra and Colossae.