St Paul's footsteps European Cultural Route

A Cultural Route highlighting the cultural values, heritage and legacy of Saint Paul’s missions to Europe, 
to honour Saint Paul, as the Apostle of the nations, through his epistles and intangible heritage in literature, arts, history, philosophy, theology and Christianity in Europe, 
towards regenerating the European ideals, with sustainable cultural tourism development and promotion along the route in several countries, regions, cities, islands, local communities and tourist destinations


Footsteps of St Paul pilgrimage tour exist in Thessaloniki, a Greek port city on the Thermaic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. Evidence of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history remains, especially around Ano Poli, the upper town.

Visit the White Tower, (the symbol of the city), the Church of St. Dimitrios, Arch of Galerius, Rotunda, Upper City, Citadel, Byzantine Walls, Roman Agora. Also visit the Archaeological Museum and see artifacts that have a bearing on the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians and Paul’s ministry in this city (Acts 17:1-9).

Vlatadon Monastery

The Monastery of Vlatadon is located on the northern side of Ano Poli of Thessaloniki, close to the castle walls and just opposite the tower of Paleologos. This monastery is the only surviving monastery from the Byzantine times, despite its destructions through centuries.

According to tradition the monastery is built where Apostle Paul preached. In the church there is the so called 'St Paul's stone' where the Apostle stood while preaching in Thessaloniki. The monastery is an important point of the Cultural Route, along with the seven towers castle (Eptapyrgion, a UNESCO World HeritageSite), associated with St Paul's footsteps.


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