The Difference in Visiting Biblical Greece
The world in which the gospel came and flourished, mostly through the ministry of apostle Paul, was the borderless Greco-Roman realm of the Mediterranean, a world with Roman administration and infrastructure, and of Greek spirit and culture.
The first European territory that became a missionary field was Greece itself. The cities in Greece that first heard the gospel never became the target of Christian pilgrims and were spared from monuments. Today these cities are simply archaeological sites free of later sacred shrines, and for this reason they uniquely maintain their authenticity.
A visitor walking among the ruins of Philippi, Corinth, and other places of Greece that are mentioned in the Bible, can see and touch today the authentic locations of New Testament events, as they have survived throughout the centuries until now. Christians can touch with their finger the historicity and authenticity of the New Testament without the alterations that the ‘pious’ pilgrims of the past may have caused in other places, i.e. Jerusalem.
The agora of Philippi, the inscriptions of the Politarchs in Thessaloniki, the inscription of Gallio at Delphi, the inscription of Erastus in Corinth and the bema of the Roman administration in the same city, are only part of what the New Testament describes. All these can be approached by the impartial researcher and the contemporary Christian in a completely authentic way.