Andriace (also Andriake) is a port city located on the southern coast of Turkey in an area known in ancient times as Lycia. Andriace served as the port of Myra that is located 3 mi. [5 km.] to the northeast. It evidently was a major point for the trans–shipment grain.
The grain came from the plain near Myra, and possibly from cargo ships, bringing it from Egypt. From Andriace it was shipped to Rome or to other parts of the Roman Empire.
Although not mentioned specifically in the Bible, the apostle Paul probably changed ships in Andriace in A.D. 60 on his way to Rome after he had appealed to have his case tried before Caesar. Acts 27:5–6 describes this portion of his trip from Caesarea to Rome in this way:
“when we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia. There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy and put us on board.”
Much of this must have transpired in Andriace, the port of Myra.
View looking south at the “synagogue” that was discovered at Andriace. On the left (east) side of the image, behind the people, Hadrian’s granary is visible.
The “apse” of the synagogue appears to be facing south—approximately towards Jerusalem—which is southeast of Andriace. The proximity of this structure to the granary is also interesting.
Fifteen images of Andriace are available by Clicking Here.
A report on the excavations and inscriptions at Andriace can be found in Nevzat Çevik, Özgü Çomezoglu, Hüseyin Sami Öztürk, and Inci Türkoglu, “A Unique Discovery in Lycia: The Ancient Synagogue at Andriake, Port of Myra.” Adalya XIII (2010), 335–66.