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This week is dedicated to the letter G so I chose Greece.
In 2007 our church organised a journey to Greece, which was called "in the footsteps of Paul".
We went to Philippi to see the church dedicated to Lydia, the first woman baptized by Paul. We saw the agora, where Paul preached. The citizens of Philippi persecuted, tortured and imprisoned him there.
In Kalambaka we visited an icon factory and the so called Hanging Rocks or Meteora. These Meteora are very high rocks. Of the 21 monasteries, only six are still inhabited. The first monks didn't have flights of steps,like we used, but were hoisted up sitting in a basket. Food and water were also hoisted up.
In Delphi and its famous oracle and the museum near we learnt how the oracle worked.
We tried out the acoustics in Epidaurus an open air theatre, they were absolutely perfect.
We saw Mystras , founded in 1249 AD More about Mystras here
Lateron that week we saw the monastry of Kessariani,founded in the 11th century.
And of course Acropolis, Partenon and the museums in Athens.
One of the most remarkable things of ancient Greece was the way the ancient Greeks voted by means of potsherds, on which they scratched the name of the most undesirable man. Six thousand people must be present to make the result valid. This way of voting is called ostracism.The candidate with the greatest number of votes against him, had to leave Athens and stay away for ten years.
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