The Lands That Saw Paul

“The Lands That Saw Paul,” Ensign, Sept. 1975, 44

Special Issue: New Testament

The Lands That Saw Paul


Tarsus—city of Paul’s birth, youth, and about four years’ labor after his conversion.

Cleopatra’s Gate

Cleopatra’s Gate, built in Tarsus by Mark Antony to honor Cleopatra after she entered that city in 38 B.C., and a familiar sight to Paul.

Syrian Antioch

Syrian Antioch—where Paul served with Barnabas, where the Saints were first called Christians, where a great conference was held with Peter, and where Paul returned after his first and second missions.


Paphos, Cyprus mosaic from the ruins where Paul preached to Sergius Paulus and cursed Elymas.

Sluice at Selucia

Sluice at Selucia, port of Syrian Antioch, through which materials were transported.

Cilician Gates

Cilician Gates—a pass in the Taurus Mountains near Tarsus, through which Paul traveled.

Paphos harbor

Paphos harbor, from which Paul sailed to Attalia.


Lystra—Turkish highlands where Paul visited three times, healed a cripple, was stoned and left for dead.

Roman aqueduct at Lystra

Roman aqueduct at Lystra, near trail Paul may have traveled.


Troas—where Macedonian in vision called to Paul, and the city where Luke joined Paul.


Iconium—modern street scenes of Turkish highland community where Paul was nearly stoned for his preaching.

Ruins of Derbe

Ruins of Derbe, mountainous community twice visited by Paul.

Ruins of Philippi

Ruins of Philippi, the first European city where Paul preached the gospel, where Lydia joined the church, and Paul was imprisoned.

The dungeon of Philippi

The dungeon of Philippi, and thus the presumed locale of Paul’s imprisonment and jailer’s conversion.


Neapolis, a port of Philippi, where Paul would have landed.

Egnatian Way

Egnatian Way—ancient Roman road in central Greece, over which Paul trod.

The stream near Philippi

The stream near Philippi, apparently near which Paul preached to and baptized Lydia and others.


Corinth—site of a year and a half of labor by Paul and where the Lord appeared again to him.

The judgment building of Corinth

The judgment building of Corinth, where Paul presumably was brought before Gallio by antagonistic Jews.

A pagan Corinthian temple

A pagan Corinthian temple, center of a religious ideology and practices that Paul forcefully opposed.

Countryside of Amphipolis

Countryside of Amphipolis, through which Paul traveled en route to Thessalonica.

Theater at Ephesus

Theater at Ephesus, site where a mob cried out for two hours against Paul and for their goddess Diana.

Assos Bay

Assos Bay, where Paul boarded and set sail to Jerusalem, ending his “third mission.”

Street of Ephesus

Street of Ephesus, city where Paul preached for three years and did many great works.

Ancient marker on old Roman road near Appii forum

Ancient marker on old Roman road near Appii forum, where Paul traveled on his way to Rome.

The Roman forum

The Roman forum of the city where Paul was taken, tried, acquitted, then presumed to have suffered a second trial and execution years later.

Photography by Don Marshall