Last Night of our Trip
A great group and a great tour following in the steps of Paul plus a little extra. Thank you for a great trip. Love, from Garry and Helen
Beautiful Santorini, the jewel of the south Agean. It was the possession of many seafaring nations from the Phonecians to the Venecians, to Barbarosa the Pirate who possessed the isle for the Ottomans, to the Germans and the Greeks. Its situation made it a perfect port for trade between the Middle East and Europe.
It is an active Super Volcano in the arc of underwater volcanoes extending from Istanbul to Sicily
Beautiful island of the thousand Greek Isles. Great time to visit when the crowds are not so large. The weather was perfect.
Highlights were Mars Hill where Paul gave his speech as recorded in Acts 17, the Acropolis and the magnificent Museum of Athens
The Corinthian Canal
Completed in the 1800’s
We held a memorial meeting on the site recalling the lessons learned by the Corinthian Church of the first century. Brother Archaicus exhorted us, recalling the words and actions of the apostle Paul.Emphasis was placed on the unity of the believers and the need we have to fight against and resist the forces of division.
The original stadium of ancient Greece. On 21 April 2016, just a few days after we visited, the Olympic flame was lit. From here in Greece after visiting some sites in Greece it travels to the country of the next Olympic games (Rio, Brazil).
Delphi was the religious centre of Greece. Kings and peasants made the awesome trek up her long and steep slopes to hear a word from the Oracle of Delphi. They assembled at the entrance of the temple of Zeus where the priestess intoxicated with the hallucinogenic incense rose on a platform inside the temple. She delivered her answer to the priests who interpreted it and passed it on, in turn to the people. What they didn’t see was the secret passages the delivered the priestesses to the temple.
The retreat of the orthodox monks from the about 1350. They prospered for some 200 years till the invasion by the Ottoman Turks who persecuted and destroyed all but 6 of the pinnacle monasteries.
Neapolis, Philippi, Thessaloniki, Berea, Pella.
Pella is the city where Phillip II and his son Alexander were born. The Capital of Macedonia was change by Alexanders Great grandfather to make it closer to the sea and more accessible for the city states. At that time it was a coastal city but now the sea has receeded kilometers away.
Their former capital of Vergina was kept as a summer palace and the place of burial of the kings and nobles
Paul made his way to Thessaloniki not knowing the suffering his message would bring to the fledgling believers there. “He passed by Appolonia “, which in fact is a large fresh water lake and not a town at all. Here there was a synagogue. Its location is at the top of the acropolis where the city was centered
Appolonia … not a town – a fresh water lake
The Port of Neapolis
Filipi – Philippi
Paul and his company of Titus, Timothy, Silas and Luke made their way to Neapolis, the closest major port of Europe to Troas. They followed the appeal of a Macedonian who appeared in a the vision to Paul saying … “come over and help”. About 360 years earlier, a Macedonian (Alexander the Great) was travelling in the opposite direction and he received a vision similarly inviting him into Asia. The vision he saw was of the high priest of Israel, who beckoned him into Asia for conquest.