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Turkey & Greece 2018

Chora Church contains one of the most spectacular frescoes ever painted – Anastasis. It is a depiction of Jesus pulling Adam and Eve out of their respective sarcophagus. Jesus is shown to bring all of us – even those who think they come from Adam and Eve – out of …

Istanbul – Blue Mosque; Hagia Sophia Istanbul – Blue Mosque Istanbul – “Hagia Sofia” church – (part of the church’s exterior from its Christian days) Istanbul – “Hagia Sofia” church (fresco of Jesus, John, and Mary) Istanbul – “Hagia Sofia” church

Ephesus had the magnificent Temple of Artemis or Diana – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. See model below. It was 4 times larger than the Parthenon. Mary, Jesus’ mother, may have retired her, and Paul spent much time in the city. The site is vast, but …

Today we visited the important site of Patmos – the location where John received the book of Revelation. Special insights: The letters to the churches in chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation give us much inspiration: we learned what church must do to survive and grow, what needs to be …

Miletus was one of the first in the ancient world to mint coins. A Roman theater was built here and considered one of the best preserved and most impressive structure in Turkey. Special insights: Miletus is one of the most memorable places in the entire career of Paul. His farewell …

our view from Colossae Hierapolis Hierapolis theater Calcium deposits of Hierapolis Hierapolis

In Sardis we saw ruins of the temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We also viewed the gymnasium-bathhouse – a large 2nd century complex over 5 acres in size. The synagogue here is one of the largest ancient synagogues excavated. Special insights: This church …

Today was our visit to Thyatira – a town noted for its trade guilds. There was not much to see, but much to learn about the letter to the church found in Revelation, chapter 2. Special insights: We learned from this letter to be aware of what attempts to influence …

Today was our visit to Pergamos – one of the seven churches mentioned in chapter 2 of Revelation. It is about 15 miles from the Aegean Sea. We saw a theater, the temple of Trajan, and the Serapeum. One of the most impressive altars was built here. Now it is …

Today we crossed the Greece border into Turkey and visited Troy and Alexandria Troas – where Paul raised Eutychus from the dead. Troy is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. It is the setting for Homer’s Iliad in which he describes the final year of the …

Today was our visit to Philippi – a city known for its gold mines. Thus, the city was a very prosperous one. It was founded by Philip II in 356 BCE. Following the assassination of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Octavian confronted the murderers, Brutus and Cassius, at the Battle …

Today was our visit to Thessalonica – 328 miles north of Athens and built near the sea. We saw the ancient forum – dated to the late 2nd or early 3rd century, the palace complex of Galerius Maximianus, the hippodrome, temples and other monuments.  The Rotunda – a 4th century …

Today we traveled to the spectacular rock formations in central Greece called Meteora – a word which means “suspended in air.” On top of these rocks were built monasteries where monks and hermits have lived for over a thousand years. Six Eastern Orthodox monasteries – some dating back to the …

Group in Corinth Today we visited the city of Corinth. The ancient Greek city acquired something of a proverbial reputation for sexual promiscuity. The city was a place of religious variety, with the worship of traditional gods and goddesses from Greek and Roman religions, local deities and heroes, and divinities …

This morning our tour centered on the Acropolis in Athens with its magnificent Parthenon and the famous Mars Hill. We climbed up the rock and viewed some of the most important architectural masterpieces the world has known. We saw the Parthenon temple itself, the Propylaea, the temple of the Athene …

Our first group evening in Athens

Today, the majority of the tour group travels to Athens. Meanwhile, the early arrivers enjoy Athens! Acropolis in the background lunch with a view of the Acropolis  

For some of us, we’ve arrived in Athens earlier than the main group. Athens has charm and a lot of ancient history. Ruins are everywhere. But for our focus, we’re here because of the apostle Paul. And we look forward to learning about his visit to Athens and discover what …

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