"Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your
worship, I found also an altar with this inscription ‘to an unknown God’. What therefore you worship as unknown, this I
proclaim to you…”
Today we visit Athens, one of the most glorious cities in the world and the cradle of western civilization as we know it today.
For twenty-five centuries, the panorama of this city has been dominated by the rock of the Acropolis, where we see the ruins
of the Parthenon, the Erectheum and the Propylae. We will ascend Mars Hill where Paul spoke to the ancient Athenians about
the one and only God. From here we have an excellent view of the Ancient Agora, the former center of the Athenian public
life. Afterwards we board our coach for Corinth, taking the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal which
connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea. Short stop for pictures and continue to the site of ancient Corinth, Paul's
beloved city and site of his most extensive ministry. Dominated by the Acro-Corinth rising 1,700 feet above the ruins, the
marketplace is laid out exactly as it stood in the days of the great Apostle. We see the bema (the judgment seat) where Paul
stood before Galilo and preached (Acts 18).
“Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man shall attack you to harm you; for I have
many people in this city.” (Acts 18:9)
The museum contains a superb collection of artifacts portraying life in ancient Corinth. Time for leisure at the port of
Cenchrae. Return to Athens for dinner and overnight.