Region of Central Macedonia To Create "Footsteps of Apostle Paul" Route
About 175,000 euros have been set aside for the Region of Central Macedonia to create a marked Cultural Route showing the route the Apostle Paul took through northern Greece at the dawn of the Christian era.
Cultural Routes are used throughout Europe as tools for the promotion and maintenance of the cultural identities of its various member states. They also help attract tourists. Other examples of Cultural routes include the European Cultural Tourism Network in Belgium, and the Lazio Region in Italy.
Head of the Region of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, says that "The Apostle Paul, 'Apostle of the Nations' is a cultural symbol whose traces can be followed today in Central Macedonia... The Apostle Paul founded major Churches in Central Macedonia, while the Church of Philippi is the first church founded on European soil. Aside from the obvious cultural value of the project, which has a global reach, our goal is to capitalize on the goodwill generated by the Cultural Routes in the local economy, including through tourism."