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St Paul was here

WHS visited by St Paul. There should be some identified specific location within the inscribed area linked to either recorded history or legend which relates to St Paul's presence rather than merely the fact that he "passed through" (So e.g Rhodes is excluded).

The connection belongs to Religion and Belief connections.

Connected Sites

  • Archaeological site of Philippi: St Paul was imprisioned at Philippi and one of the buildings is known as "St Paul's Prison" (The traditional location where he baptised Lydia of Thyratara who thereby became the first recorded Christian convert in Europe lies just outside the inscribed area)
  • Damascus: Underground remains at the end of the "Street called Straight" are believed to be The House of Ananias of Damascus where he baptised St Paul.
  • Ephesus: St Paul visited Ephesus on both his 2nd and 3rd mission - staying over 2 years on the latter occasion. His preaching stimulated the "Silversmith's Riot". See link. And Nomination File "In a quickly arranged assembly in the large theater of Ephesus the disputes became tumultuous. Supposedly the people chanted “Great is the Artemis of Ephesus” for two hours until the municipal scribe was able to calm the situation" Link
  • Old City of Jerusalem: In AD 57, on his 5th visit, Paul was arrested in the Temple for defiling it by bringing in Gentiles  Link
  • Paphos: St Paul's Pillar - "Saint Paul visited Pafos in 45 AD in an attempt to convert the ruler of the time to Christianity. He was successful in his efforts, but not before being tied and whipped to this otherwise unremarkable lump of stone. The Pillar of Saint Paul is one of several popular stops for pilgrims who come to see the religious sites of this early bastion of the Christian faith. He received 40 lashes for evangelising on the island." (visitpafos.org)
  • Rome: The Papal Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls "was founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine I over the burial place of St Paul, where it was said that, after the Apostle's execution, his followers erected a memorial, called a cella memoriae. In 386, Emperor Theodisius I began erecting a much larger and more beautiful basilica with a nave and four aisles with a transept ........ In 2002, an 8 foot long marble sarcophagus, inscribed with the words "PAULO APOSTOLO MART" ("Paul apostle martyr") was discovered during excavations around the Basilica ... Vatican archaeologists declared this to be the tomb of Paul the Apostle in 2005] In June 2009, Pope Benedict XVI announced excavation results concerning the tomb. The sarcophagus was not opened but was examined by means of a probe, which revealed pieces of incense, purple and blue linen, and small bone fragments. The bone was radiocarbon-dated to the 1st or 2nd century. According to the Vatican, these findings support the conclusion that the tomb is Paul's" (Wiki)
  • Thessalonika: The Monastery of the Vlatades contains a chapel where traditionally St Paul preached in AD51  Link

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  2. Link at least 3 different sites
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