Apostle Paul at Thessaloniki. The Greek city was founded by King Cassander of Macedon (a general of Alexander the Great) in 315 BC and named after his wife, a step-sister of Alexander. The city continued to develop until Rome defeated Perseus, the last Macedonian king, in 168 BC. As it was located at the head of the Gulf of Thermae and also on the main east-west road (the Via Egnatia), it became an important commercial city. Rome divided the former kingdom into four independent “free” districts, then, in 146 BC, established it as a province with Thessaloniki as its capital. At the time of Paul it had a population of about 200,000, making it the largest city in Macedonia.
Paul first came to Thessaloniki in 50-51 AD during his second missionary journey, where he established the second Christian community in Europe (after Philippi). Paul preached in the city’s synagogue, the chief synagogue of the Jews in Thessaloniki and laid the foundations for the new church to be built there. Apostle Paul wrote two of his epistles, the First Epistle to the Thessalonians and the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians to the Christian community at Thessaloniki. He was driven out from the city and fled to Veroia by Jews who opposed him.
A journey into the origins of European Christianity in Greece is offered to you by SKG bus transfers & tours. Follow Saint Paul’s footsteps from Asia to Europe. Visit the places he first preached in Europe and baptized the first European Christians. See the sites of the New Testament as the words of Saint Paul come alive. Experience the places that the Apostle to the Nations visited during his second journey.
On this trip you will have the pleasure to visit some of the most important places in Christian history, as well as world culture heritage sites such as Kavala, Veroia and Thessaloniki.
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