Rhodes road trip – part 1 (St Paul’ Bay)

Since 2013 I've wanted to get down to St Paul's bay. It is a beautiful place with blue water in the bay, the traditional white houses of Lindos and the Acropolis on the opposite side to St Paul's Chapel.

Paul on his third missionary journey is travelling to Rome in Acts 27.

The Shipwreck
39 In the morning they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned to run the ship ashore, if they could. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea. At the same time they loosened the ropes that tied the steering-oars; then hoisting the foresail to the wind, they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef,[e] they ran the ship aground; the bow stuck and remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the force of the waves. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none might swim away and escape; 43 but the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest to follow, some on planks and others on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.

Last year we had a trip out to the island of Symi, it had a great reputation for the best boat builders in the area. During the short tour we were told after Paul's shipwreck it was the boat builders from Symi who made it sea worthy again.

This little chapel dates back to the 13th or 14th Century, built on the ruins of a previous church, which may have been built as early as the 6th century.

It is a popular place for wedding being in such a beautiful setting. I'm not sure I would want to walk to and from it every day though, you can drive down so far and then walk the rest of the way – certainly a good idea to walk it in decent foot ware as it's quite steep (as I found out!)

Once we got to the chapel, even though there were lots of people on the beach, people swimming and having scuba diving lessons it was such a peaceful place – well worth the visit.

About localpreacherforkliftdriver

I am a Methodist Minister taking up a new appointment in the North Cheshire Circuit, September 2019, with pasoral charge of Tarvin, Kelsall, Rowton, Christleton, Mickle Trafford, Oakmere & Bunburry with Tiverton churches. Views are my own.
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