TRAVEL AND HISTORY: Roman Forum (Roman Agora) In Thessaloniki, Greece — Paul Wanted to Preach Here But Was Denied Permission (Travel Photos)

On a trip to Thessaloniki in November 2011, I visited the Roman Forum (Roman Agora) where the Apostle Paul is believed to have visited and attempted to preach at (Note the background of the first few photographs:  this place is now in the middle of a housing estate).

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

The signboard here reports the church tradition that Paul had visited the site and asked to preach at the Agora’s podium, but his request was denied as the pagan element held strong within Thessalonicca.

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

Below are photos of the very podium that the Apostle Paul would have stood on to preach the gospel had he been given permission to do so:

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

Stone cutting found at the site which reflects the strong pagan influence in the area

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, Greece

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