CITIES VISITED BY SAINT PAUL
Saint Paul visited many cities in Turkey. Some of cities are famous archeological sites today. Few of them are not excavated yet staying in the form of historical mounds and few of these cities, where human settlement continued without any brake, are occupied by modern cities.
ANTIOCH OF SYRIA
Antioch was the chief church of the Gentile Christians where they are first time called ” Christians”. During the Roman centuries, it was the third largest populated city of the antiquity (nearly 500.000 people). The first two journeys of Paul started and ended in Antioch.
Seleucia, which was the seaport of Syrian Antioch, was 16 miles away from the city of Antioch and 5 miles from the mouth of the Orantes River. This town was the point of departure for Paul and his party when he left for Cyprus during his first missionary trip.
Tarsus, the birthplace of Saint Paul, is located in the south of famous pass, Cilician Gates, which was used by Paul and many other famous figures in the history of Anatolia. Barnabas came to Tarsus for Paul to encourage him to join in the ministry in Antioch.
Located in the east of Antalya, Perge is certainly one of the major archaeological sights of Turkey. Saint Paul visited Perge during his first missionary trip after his mission in Cyprus.
ANTIOCH IN PISIDIA
[Acts 13;13, 52]
Pisidian Antioch, which is situated 100 miles in the north of Perge, was founded by Selecueus Nicator I in 281 BC. Antioch played an important role in the life of Paul and in the history of Christian Faith.
Location of Lystra, which has not been known up to 1885, was miraculously discovered by Sitlitton Sterret who found an inscription mentioning the name ancient city. After Iconium, Paul and Barnabas came to Lystra and they met a cripple who was healed by Paul.
Derbe was only city where the apostles were not persecuted. They stayed there longer than other cities, preached the gospel, and made many disciples. One of the converts was Gaius who accompanied Paul during his last Journey to Asia.
Iconium, which was wealthy and productive city, was located in the south east of Psidian Antioch. Paul and Barnabas went to Synagogue and had many Greek and Jewish Convents. After a certain time, the people of Iconium were divided into two opposing parties.
ATTALIA [ Acts 14:25-28]
Founded by Attalos, Pergamon King, Attalia was the major harbor for Pamphilia region. During the first missionary trip, Paul and Barnabas came to Attalia from Cyprus. Also after 18 months journey, they took the ship there to take them back to Antioch.
Located in the south of Dardanelles, Troas is one of the cities visited by Paul during his second and third missionary trips. Paul during his stay at Troas, he had his famous vision. He crossed to European Continent first time. Paul returned to Troas during his third missionary trip.
Paul first arrived to Ephesus during his second missionary trip and stayed only few days. However, he returned to Ephesus during his Third Missionary Trip and stayed nearly three years until The Silversmith Riot when Paul left the city for Macedonia.
Located in the south of Ephesus, Miletos was the queen of the Ionian cities during its golden ages. Paul’s visit to Miletus was during his third missionary trip. After Troas and Assos Paul and his friends sailed to Miletus, where he met the elders of Ephesian church
Paul, Barnabas and John Marc visited Perge during their first missionary journeys in 47 AD. After traveling in Cyprus, they came to southern Turkey and visited the city of Perge.
Paul visited Assos during his third missionary trip. After visiting many cities in Greece, he returned to Alexandria Troas from where he came to Assos. Instead of taking a boat to Assos, he preferred to walk over the mountains to Assos.
Located at the extreme end of the Marmaris Peninsula, Cnidus is one of the fascinating sites of Turkey. Paul might have arrived to Knidus during his trip to Rome. The Egyptian ship that Paul took in Myra would lead him to Knidos. Due to bad weather, which got worst, Paul’s ship could not anchor at Cnidos and sailed towards Fair Heaven in Create.
Myra is one of the coastal ancient cities which Paul, Luke and Aristarcus visited (Acts 27:5-6). It was in Myra they changed boats on their way to Rome. Roman centurion Julius found a ship from Alexandria heading to Rome by the way if Cnidos, another important coastal town in the north.
Acts 21:1,2Paul and Luke came to Patara during the third missionary trip after the Miletos. It was in Patara they changed boat from a small vessel to a larger boat, which could cope with Mediterranean Sea.EdremitEdremit is only mentioned in the New Testament as the hometown of the boat Paul took from Caesarea to Sidon then to Myra.