Samothrace — Seldom Visited by Tourists, BUT Visited by Paul (Acts 16:11)

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.

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The sacred hall called the Hieron where the mysterious sacred rites took place Click On Image to Enlarge/Download

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.

Samothrace

It was here that the famous “Winged Victory/Nike of Samothrace” was discovered—the original is now on display in the Louvre in Paris.

The original of the Winged Victory of Samothrace in the Louvre.

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.

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Foundations of a mysterious Cult Building on Samothrace

3 responses to “Samothrace — Seldom Visited by Tourists, BUT Visited by Paul (Acts 16:11)

  1. This is a great series of lovely photos of a site most travelers miss.

  2. Vanu Kantayya

    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.
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/omeka-net/2032/archive/files/91acd5efd0acbdc05a9686da95d6f0af.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAI3ATG3OSQLO5HGKA&Expires=1597276800&Signature=cPbxrgX57MZZwsQZkr%2B3ucd%2FdKc%3D

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