Samothrace is a Greek Island that lies 25 mi. south of the Greek mainland. This mountainous island was the home of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods where famous religious ceremonies took place.
On Paul’s Second Journey he traveled by ship from Troas (in Asia Minor) to Neapolis (in Europe). Acts 16:11 notes that the trip took two days
From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis.
It is clear that the ship overnighted at Samothrace before continuing on to Neapolis—the port city of Philippi.
There is no indication that Paul ever stepped off the ship, but if he did (which I think is probable), he may have visited the “Sanctuary of the Great Gods.” Since their rituals were practiced at night, he may have even witnessed—from afar—some of the rites.
It was here that the famous “Winged Victory/Nike of Samothrace” was discovered—the original is now on display in the Louvre in Paris.
On his third journey, Paul made the same trip, in the reverse direction, in 5 days (Acts 20:6)—evidently, the winds were not as favorable on that trip (in the spring of the year).
To view the Original “Winged Victory of Samothrace,” Click Here.
To view 18 images, with commentary, of Samothrace Click Here.
This is a great series of lovely photos of a site most travelers miss.
A little known factoid – In 1949, France sent gifts to each state as a thank you for America’s help in WWII. The gift to Idaho came by the merci train and was a replica of the French Samothrace, Winged Victory.
Great “call,” Vanu!
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