Apostle Paul’s Dream
Having visited Greece, you’ll see that religion and faith have a universal presence here. About 98% of the country’s population practice Orthodox Christianity. Christianity was brought to Greece by Apostle Paul. The Apostle traveled across the whole Asia Minor spreading the Gospel message. Once he had a dream in which a man of Macedonia asked him for help. This way the God ordered him to go to Macedonia. Apostle Paul preached Christianity among the Macedonian pagans from 49 to 52 A. D. and founded parishes in Greece, particularly, in Kavala, Philippes, Veria, Thessaloniki, Athens, and Corinth. These were the first steps towards converting the whole Greece to Christianity.
During the next centuries the Christian faith grew stronger; churches and monasteries were built on the continent and the islands. Today they are considered to be the most important shrines for the whole Orthodox world. Wonder-working icons, wall paintings, manuscripts, and Holy relics have been kept here from the first centuries of Christianity. Visit the main religious centers of the country: the Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain, impressive monasteries of Meteora, the Cave of the Apocalypse, The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian on Patmos island, Our Lady of Tinos, Panagia Ekatontapyliani, The Sumela Monastery, as well as the districts where Apostle Paul preached.