Paul doesn’t say anything about Athens in his letters except that he was there (I Thess. 3:1), but Luke, the author of “Acts”, tells an interesting story of Paul’s activities there (Acts 17:16-34). According to Luke, while waiting for his companions, Paul explored the city. He no doubt visited the Acropolis, a religious shrine, for “he saw that the city was full of idols.” He visited the synagogue and discussed his message with “the devout.” And he walked in the Agora every day conversing with anyone who happened to be around. There, he attracted the attention of some Epicurean and Stoic Philosophy teachers, the leading philosophies of the day, who invited him to speak to them.
PrivateToursAthens is pleased to honor the legacy of St. Paul as we bring his story to life on our “In the Footsteps of St.Paul” tour.
The “Agora” (which means market) in ancient Athens functioned as more than a place where goods were bought and sold. It served as a testing ground for new ideas a place where people could come and meet. This is most likely where Paul began his debate with the philosophers that is recorded in the Bible (in the book of Acts).
Alternative Tour Options:
There are so many other things to see in this area. Keep in mind that your driver is at your disposal, so if you would like to adjust the proposed itinerary at all, just let him know!
What Makes this Tour Unique?
This tour gives us the opportunity to visit and explore the places where St. Paul preached to the ancient Greeks in Athens and Corinth, in a day.
- Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
- Walking :Difficult.To climb up to the Acropolis, guests must be able to walk over paved, inclined paths, some with steps, then climb a series of steps to reach the propylea. The walking surfaces on top of the Acropolis are uneven. Disabled access at the Acropolis is provided by a wheelchair stair climber lift elevator.Please do keep in mind that this is an elevator strictly available to disabled visitors only. That includes:
- visitors using a wheelchair or some other kinetic equipment,
- visitors with some kind of physiopathological situation that affects their kinetic ability either permanently or temporarily and
- visitors that have a certified rate of disability whether this is affecting their kinetic ability or not
In winter months, tour itinerary may be altered due to opening times at the sites and limited daylight.
- It’s always a great idea to bring a bottle of water and sunscreen with you because in the warmer months it becomes quite hot and sunny.
- A hat to protect your head and shade your face is also recommended when spending a significant amount of time in the sun.
- The area around the Acropolis Hill and Syntagma Square (changing of the guards) can become quite crowded, especially during the peak travel months, so be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings close to you.
- Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists. They may offer you roses, but if choose you accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip for them.
Did you Know?
- Today the high court of Greece is still called the “Areos Pagos”.
- The life of St. Paul is a wonderful example of early evangelism, beginning from his humbling meeting with Our Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus, which lead to his conversion as a prosecutor of Christians to one of its most devout followers, and ending in his martyrdom in Rome.
- St. Paul’s story outlined in the book of Acts and his letters prominently featured in the New Testament are a testimony to the influence he still has today as his wisdom guides young and old alike in following the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ.