Saint Paul's Pillar, Paphos

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Saint Paul's Pillar is where Saint Paul was tied and whipped as a punishment for an act of evangelizing, according to legend. The belief is that Barnabas and Paul, apostles of Jesus Christ, headed to Cyprus to teach the inhabitants the ways of Christianity. However, they faced fierce opposition from the civic leader Elymas--attendant to the governor appointed by Rome--which resulted in the scourging of Paul five times, each entailing 39 lashes. See the pillar where Paul was allegedly beaten, which many consider an important pilgrimage stop. Work out when and for how long to visit Saint Paul's Pillar and other Paphos attractions using our handy Paphos itinerary maker.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This is a lovely little former Greek Orthodox church, now shared by the local Anglican and Roman Catholic communities. The area around shows evidence of earlier church buildings, as well as the column...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Fantastic architecture and the interior with its history is impressively magical. There are walk-abouts formed to allow you to capture all elevations of the church. When visiting here make sure to vis...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    There is lots of history within Pahpos, this place has been well kept and is good to see. Morning or evening is better when its not to hot.  more »

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