The steps of the Saint Paul in Greece




The steps of the Saint Paul in Greece
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One of the most important routes religious interest in Greece are the "Footsteps of Apostle Paul." Paul, although not part of the inner circle of twelve disciples of Christ, is an important form of the Christian religion. Popularized as anyone else Christianity and for this reason named Isapostolos and "Apostle".

As part of his travels to the spread of Christianity, the Apostle Paul visited and Greece, preaching the Gospel and teaching the work of Jesus. The journey of the Apostle Paul in Greece is a route that moves today not only the pious believer, but anyone who loves history. The "Path of Apostle Paul" pass all parts taught by Apostle and are an ideal combination of pilgrimage tours to some of the most beautiful parts of Greece.

The stations of the Apostle Paul in Greece

Samothrace
According to tradition, the island where the Apostle Paul passed from Samothrace, anchored in the harbor of the ancient city today Paliapoli. In commemoration of this, later built at that point aisled basilica, construction of which have been used and pieces of architectural buildings of antiquity.

Kavala (Neapolis)
The vision he saw the Apostle Paul in his sleep, while he was in Troas a tall, impressive Macedonian standing in front of him and begs him to "Come over to Macedonia and help us", is a key point for the journey from there onwards and launches huge, wonderful and salvific relationship with the Greeks. Had already begun his second tour in order to secure and increase the Churches which were founded.
The winter of 49 Paul disembarked first on European soil, in Naples after traveling with a fair wind that lasted two days. Some seven years later, when found in the same place a second time, will need five days for the same distance.

The Apostle Paul landed in the area of
​​Agios Nikolaos and following the Egnatia Odos headed directly to Philippi and refrain from Naples 12 km. He is accompanied by Silas, Timothy and physician Luke the Evangelist and author of Acts.

Philippi
Saturday, going there for the first time Paul gathered women. These first listen throughout Europe teaching. Among them Lydia, a pious woman who came from Thyatira of Asia Minor, the first being baptized Christian and helps to the spread of the Divine Word.

At Philippi Paul and Silas were accused of consuls anomaly in town and as carriers banned for the Romans habits. The two men baste and imprisoned but terrible earthquake causes panic at night. The doors of the prison opened and the guard attempting to commit suicide. Hampered by two Apostles, he believes in God, baptized with his entire family and their host home.

The Apostles  transiting the house of Lydia, who hosted and depart for Thessaloniki. The Apostle Paul would maintain close ties to the Philippians, which will sustain him several times economically, even when they found a prisoner in Rome. Seven years after his first visit, be found at Philippi again and made three visits in April 57, spring 63 and winter 64.

Amphipolis,  Apollonia
Despite that it was important cities of the region, the Apostle Paul passed without stopping. Hurry to get to Thessaloniki, where he knew that there was a synagogue.

Thessalonica
When they arrive, late autumn redemptive year 49, the apostle Paul and Silas to the city is a city completely different from those who had met until that moment. Free city under Roman rule from 168 BC. We are informed by the Acts, was in town and synagogue, near the port. There She Goes and Paul for three consecutive Saturdays. Furthermore, we learn that they talk to bystanders and interpret passages from the Bible that said that Christ was crucified and resurrected from the dead. Some believed and became his disciples of Paul and Silas. Among the converts Greeks believed too many and several women, from what distinguishes the society of the city. How many were they the first Christians is not known, however, that truth is established Church.

In Thessaloniki, as at Philippi quickly begin creating problems and causing riots due to the activity of Paul. During the night Paul and Silas were removed from Thessaloniki.
These are known for staying the Apostle Paul in Thessalonica. According to the existing tradition, leaving hastily chased by his countrymen, came out of the walls of a point higher, somewhere who later founded the monastery Vlatadon maybe some little door.
Slightly to the east from the place  where now stands the Monastery Vlatadon a trickling fountain. There is said to Paul paused to refresh himself. The source that became known as "holy water of the Apostle Paul," the apostle honored each year. After the liberation of Thessaloniki was built at this point temple in his memory and became the holy water. A modern imposing church is, in our time, presuming visit of the Apostle Paul in Thessalonica, teaching and the fruits resulting from sowing.

Veria
Night left fygadefmenoi by Christians for Veria Paul along with Silas. They marched for a while on the Via Egnatia and the height of Pella followed a different path, crossing a green, fertile and beautiful region.

Veria was populous and there was a thriving Jewish synagogue. Once arrived, Paul and Silas went to the synagogue. Also mentioned that the Jews of Veria was more polite than those of Thessaloniki and listened with interest to the teaching of the Gospel of Paul. Among the attendants were persons belonging to upper classes, Jews and proselytes, and a large number of women.

Soon, however, reached Salonika news for the activity of Paul. There are enemies sent people to create unrest. Immediately, his companions led him away from the FA. However, Timothy and Silas remained. In antidoron, Veria gave to the Apostle of Nations a partner, the son of Pyrrhus Sopatros, later joined him for long, after his return to Asia.
Point, where it is assumed that Paul stood and preached the Gospel to Beroeans, called "Step of St. Paul", has developed impressive nowadays. Since 1995 has been established cult series of cultural, sporting and cultural events titled "Pauline", which culminates each time a scientific conference.

Athens
The Apostle Paul went to Athens from Veria in year 51 by boat. Athens differed completely from the glorious city of classical times. Artworks lafyragogountan systematically, the Roman conquest ravaged the city of Pallas and the forfeiture of moral values ​​began to be felt.

The ship that brought the Apostle anchored in Faliro. There was the main port of Athens at the time, and older. The position of the port specified in the space between the mouth of Kifisou and the small church of St. George. Believed to be in the position of the quay of the ancient Faliro and the area around it is going to and exploit. From there began the path that brought to Athens. This was followed by Paul after disembarking from the ship.

Awaiting the arrival of Silas and Timothy from Macedonia, walking around the city, talking to people in the synagogue, market, disrupted by the multitude of idols. Similarly, the doctrine of the crucifixion death of Jesus and his resurrection was amazing some epicurean and stoic philosophers, who characterized him as "scuttlebutt"

There was chased from Athens to teaching. Instead led the Supreme Court to officially reported and detailed in his teaching.

On the point from which the Apostle Paul spoke to the Athenians expressed the view that he developed his teaching in the Body of the Supreme Court, based on the fact that one of its members, Dionysius the Areopagite, seconded teaching.

Supreme Court called the hill in the Western of the Athenian Acropolis.

Church of St. Paul was founded in 1887 near the center of Athens. Two years later, Queen Olga laid the foundation stone of a new, larger, on Metropolitan Athens Procopius, Mayor Lambros Kallifrona and architects pump and Schulze. 1923 adopted by the Archbishop of Athens Chrysostomos Papadopoulos committed to the Vespers of the feast of the Apostle Paul on the Areopagus.

Corinth
It is not known how he went to Corinth Paul. It is certain that he left troubled by the treatment of his teaching on the part of the Athenians and the situation in the Churches of Macedonia. Already, while Paul was leaving from Athens, Timothy directed towards Thessaloniki.

In Corinth, Paul was associated with Aquila and Priscilla, who were they, like him, tent maker and something apparently already knew about Jesus. He stayed and worked with them every Saturday and taught the Jews and the Greeks. The Jews in their majority not believing that Jesus was the Messiah and eventually Paul shook the dust from his clothes and went to stay at his home Tm Justus, who was a convert and lived near the synagogue. Among those who believed was the synagogue Crispus, who was baptized with his entire family.

The Acts of the Apostles tell us that, at some point, the Jews of Corinth synaspisthikan against Paul and left unbridled passion. They dragged him to court accusing him of illegally trying to convince people to follow his teachings. The complaint of the Jews but did not work because the problem Paul was the hostility of his countrymen, and not of the idolaters.
Some weeks later, the Apostle Paul decides to leave Corinth. They had to rush in Ephesus. Said goodbye to his brothers there and escorted Silas, Timothy, the Aquila and Priscilla departed.

The Apostle Paul is the patron saint of Corinth and in honor of resplendent temple has been built.

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