STEPS OF ST. PAUL

STEPS OF ST. PAUL

STEPS OF ST. PAUL 1st day

STEPS OF ST. PAUL 1st day

Day in Athens exploring the city. Acropolis with Parthenon the greatest monument of antiquity, dedicated to the goddess Athena, Erechtheum with the beautiful six Caryatids and then to Areopagus (Areios

STEPS OF ST. PAUL 2nd day

STEPS OF ST. PAUL 2nd day

Drive up north to Thessaloniki (about 6 hours) the second largest city in Greece and capital of the province of Macedonia. It was here in the synagogue that Paul “…reasoned

STEPS OF ST. PAUL 3rd day

STEPS OF ST. PAUL 3rd day

Leave Thessaloniki and trace the footsteps of Paul along the northern Aegean coast to Kavala, which occupies the site of ancient Neapolis, and Philippi (Acts 16:12-40, Phil.), that today lies

STEPS OF ST. PAUL 4st day

STEPS OF ST. PAUL 4st day

In the morning have a tour of Thessaloniki (St. George Church, the Galerius Arch, St. Demitrius -the most beautiful basilica in the city-, the Church of Aghioi Apostoloi -Holy Apostles-).

STEPS OF ST. PAUL 5st day

STEPS OF ST. PAUL 5st day

Leave Athens for Corinth, one of the oldest towns of Greece, where St. Paul came after he left Athens and where he remained for one and a half-year. It was

[alert type=”notice”]Instead of returning directly to Athens from Thessaloniki (on the 4th day) you could add visits and overnights in Kalambaka (Meteora) and/or Delphi[/alert]
[alert type=”help”]Meteora: After early morning departure from Thessaloniki drive along the beautiful coast and then through the valley towards Kalambaka and Meteora, among the most beautiful Byzantine monasteries. The word Meteora means literally “hovering in the air” as all the monasteries were built on top of the high rocks. First monks have lived here in the caves, already in 11th century. The Church of the Transfiguration is the best known of the Monasteries and is built upon the highest rock. Founded by Athanasios the Meteorite, well-known figure in Orthodox monasticism. Construction of this monastery started in 1382 and it has priceless religious treasures as Byzantine murals, icons etc. Overnight in Kalambaka.[/alert]
[alert type=”info”]Delphi: Early morning departure to the central part of Greece. Visit the medieval monastery named Ossios Loukas, (Saint Luke) and the chapel of Saint Barbara dating to 800 AD. and then continue to Delphi. In ancient times Delphi was considered to be the center of the known world, where man was closest to God and the place where heaven and earth met. Mythology holds that Delphi was the meeting place of two eagles, released by Zeus and sent in opposite directions where they later met indicating the center of the earth. Visit the archaeological site and the museum. Overnight in Delphi.[/alert]

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