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Footsteps of Paul

According to the Acts of the Apostles, Paul made three separate missionary journeys and a journey to Rome. The biblical narrative ends there, but tradition has it that he was martyred in Rome around 67 AD. On the other hand, it is also possible that he was released in Rome following his appeal, and continued his missionary work in various places. Fortunately for modern travelers interested in biblical sites, Paul traveled in some of the most beautiful places around the Mediterranean!

Below is an illustrated index of the 13 Footsteps of Paul profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.

  • Areopagus (Mars Hill)
    Athens, Greece
    This bald marble hill approached by slippery steps was home to the Athenian council and court, where Socrates was condemned and Paul spoke about "the Unknown God."
  • Corinth
    Corinth, Greece
    Located 48 miles west of Athens, Corinth was an important Greek city that also played a prominent role in the life of the Apostle Paul. Ruins include Temples of Apollo, Aphrodite and Octavia.
  • Chapel of St. Paul (Bab Kisan)
    Damascus, Syria
    This stone chapel in Damascus incorporates materials from the Bab Kisan, the ancient gate through which Paul was lowered out of a window in Acts 9:25.
  • Straight Street
    Damascus, Syria
    his historic street is as straight today as when it was walked by St. Paul. Today it contains many markets, the House of Ananias, several Roman arches and mosques.
  • Mdina Cathedral
    Mdina, Malta
    This 17th-century cathedral stands on the traditional site of the town house of the governor Publius, who received the Apostle Paul when he was shipwrecked on Malta.
  • Miletus
  • Philippi
    Macedonia, Greece
    Philippi is a city in eastern Macedonia founded by Philip II in 356 BC. It was visited by the Apostle Paul during his missionary journeys and was the recipient of one of his biblical letters.
  • Pisidian Antioch
    Founded by the Seleucids in the 3rd century BC, Pisidian Antioch became an important Roman colony. It was visited by St. Paul and hosted the first fully Gentile Christian community.
  • St. Paul's Church and Grotto
    Rabat, Malta
    The beautiful St. Paul's Church in Rabat stands above a grotto where the Apostle Paul is said to have taken refuge after his shipwreck on Malta.
  • Salamis
    The ruins of the ancient Roman city of Salamis constitute one of the most impressive archaeological sites on Cyprus. St. Paul and St. Barnabas established a church nearby.
  • Tarsus
    Tarsus is a Turkish city 27 kilometers east of Mersin, best known as the home of Antony and Cleopatra and birthplace of Paul the Apostle.
  • Thyatira
    Thyatria was a Greek city and early center of Christianity. The apostle Paul visited the city several times and it was one of the Seven Churches of Revelation.
  • Tyre
    This major ancient Phoenician city hosted an early Christian community and later the Crusaders. It was in this area that Jesus healed a Syrian woman's daughter (Mark 7:24).