Exploring Culture during Sailing Holidays in Greece
Greece is the absolute destination for pilgrimage holidays. There are innumerable churches and monasteries, known for their marvelous architecture and outstanding location, which are visited from thousand of believers and travellers every year. There are, also, some pilgrim routes as â€œApostle Paul stepsâ€, which is the route that Apostle Paul followed in Greece.
After being chased from Thessaloniki the Apostle Paul went to Veria, where he preached the Holy Gospel to jews and Greeks. The spot in Veria where Paul stood and preached, is called the "Apostle Paul's Altar" and is now an imposing monument with beautiful mosaics.
When Apostle Paul dreamt of a tall impressive Macedonian man who stood in front of him and asked him to “come and pray in Macedonia” he decided to set sails for Neapolis. In winter of the year 49, Apostle Paul landed for the first time on the Greek mainland in Agios Nikolaos area closed to Neapoli (today’s Kavala).
Probably the biggest reason for people coming to Philippi is to experience and walk through the ruins of the city that had the claim of being the first Christian congregation in Europe. Philippi is a hot destination for people coming to Greece on pilgrimage tours and cruises.
Samothraki is the home of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, site of important Hellenic and pre-Hellenic religious ceremonies. Considerable remains still exist of the ancient walls, which were built in massive Cyclopean style, as well as of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, where mysterious rites took place in ancient time.
Saint Pelagia of Tinos, a Greek Nun saint, the one that has helped- through her visions- the discovery of the sacred icon of Panagia of Tinos. This icon is one of the most sacred, venerated icons of the Holy Mother, all over Greece and, maybe the most famous pilgrimage that is dedicated to Her Grace, each year on the feast of Her Dormition on August, 15th.
The ruins of ancient Corinth are spread around the rock of Acrocorinth, which forms a natural acropolis for the city. The archeological site of Acrocorinth is composed of ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite, the Temple of Apollo, a stone minaret and many more remarkable excavations of the ancient times.
The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni or Moni Faneromeni is the most important religious centre on the island of Lefkada. Situated in Frini, on the hilltop above Lefkas Town, this monastery offers a breathtaking view to the capital village, the northern side of the island and the opposite coasts of the mainland.