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                                                                                                                   Acts 21:1-2

On the southern edge of Turkey in the Xanthus Valley, the ancient Mediterranean harbor of Patara was marked by a prominent hill that may have held a lighthouse. The port area is now silted and marshy, but the Patara of old was a famous city.

The winter setting for the Oracle of Apollo each year, the city eventually rose to prominence and became the judicial seat of the Roman governor. The city was an outfitting and launching place for longer journeys, like a journey to Alexandria or Phoenician cities.

The remains of the city today include two Roman bathhouses, including one known as the Baths of Vespasian (69-79 CE). In addition, a theatre that is fairly well preserved (though partly filled with sand) and a Temple of the Corinthian order are discernible.

Alexandrian texts of Acts 21:1 state that St. Paul made his way to Tyre by means of Patara, but the Western text adds the and Myra that many scholars believe was a scribal error influenced by Acts 27:5-6. It is likely that the Alexandrian text reflects the original event, as the prevailing winds made Patara a better launch site for this long journey. Emperor Hadrian and his wife Sabina visited here (circa 130’s CE), and a granary of Hadrian can still be seen west of the harbor marsh.




Biblical Places in Turkey

  Adramyttium   

    Antioch   

    Assos      

    Attalia      

 Bithniya  (Nicaea) 

Cappadocia  

Carchemish

Cnidus

Colossae

Derbe

Ephesus Acts

 Euphrates River 

Galatia Province

Harran

Hierapolis

Iconium

Istanbul 

Laodecia

Lystra

Miletus

Mt. Ararat

Myra

Nicea

Patara 

Perga

Pergamum

Philadelphia

 Pisidian Antioch 

Sardis

Seleucia

Smyrna

Tarsus 

Thyatira

Tigris River

Troas

Troy

 
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