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
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.