St Paul's footsteps European Cultural Route

European Cultural Route

This European Cultural Route integrates and unites existing itineraries of Apostle Paul’s footsteps in:


  • Italy, Lazio Region, Cammino di San Paolo/Via Appia Antica Regina Viarium
  • Greece, Central Macedonia, Amphipolis to Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki to Veria, Veria to Methoni
  • Greece, Eastern Macedonia & Thrace, Kavala (old Neapolis) to Philippi (archaeological site - UNESCO WHS)
  • Greece, Athens ‘Arios Pagos’ (ancient court location, under the Acropolis) and Corinth acropolis
  • Greece, islands of Samothraki, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Cos and Rhodos (sailing journeys)
  • Greece, Crete (Kaloi Limenes) and possibly Cefalonia island (old ‘Meliti’, in Ionian Sea) and Nicopolis (Ipiros Region)
  • Cyprus, Pafos region, from St Paul’s pillar to old port from where Saints Paul and Barnabas sailed to Pamphylia, Asia Minor; also for Salamis archaeological site near Famagusta thorough Cyprus to Pafos (old capital of Cyprus)
  • Malta (St Paul’s Bay) and
  • Spain (Tarragona).

Paul the Apostle


(Latin: Paulus; Greek: Παῦλος, romanized: Paulos; commonly known as Saint Paul and also known by his Hebrew name Saul of Tarsus (Greek: Σαῦλος Ταρσεύς, romanized: Saũlos Tarseús), was an apostle (although not one of the Twelve Apostles) who taught the gospel of Christ to the first-century world. Paul is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age and from the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD he founded several Christian communities in Asia Minor and Europe. Approximately half of the book of Acts deals with Paul's life and works.


Important stops along the Cultural Route of Apostle Paul’s missions are:

  • Pafos - Cyprus, (1st mission)
  • Neapolis (Kavala) - Philippi - Amphipolis - Apollonia
  • Ancient Via Egnatia
  • Thessaloniki
  • Veria - Methoni
  • Athens
  • Corinth
  • Aegean islands of Samothraki, Chios, Mytilini, Samos, Cos, Rodos (2nd and 3rd missions), and
  • Rome – Lazio – Italy (4th voyage and martyrdom),
  • via Crete and Meliti – Malta, or Kefalonia island in the Ionian Sea, as well as
  • from Rome to Tarragona in Spain.


The Apostle Paul Cultural Route offers a unique cultural heritage in visual arts, literature, history, philosophy, theology, social sciences and law. His 14 epistles include several divine references, but his apogee is his hymn to love:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”. Corinthians A 13:4-8


World Heritage


  • Paphos
  • Philippi
  • Thessaloniki
  • Athens
  • Samos
  • Rhodes
  • Valetta
  • Syracuse
  • Rome

Via Egnatia &

Via Appia Antica

Over 50 Churches dedicated to Saint Paul (some together with Saint Peter)

St Paul's footsteps European Cultural Route