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Huge Quarry at Alexandrian Troas

There is a very "out of the way" quarry located about 10 mi. from Alexandria Troas.

In this quarry there were at least 12 huge, mainly completed, columns.  Some of them were about 30-40 feet in length and about 4-5 feet thick.  It was amazing to contemplate how they were quarried and rounded as they were being prepared for shipment.

In the New Testament it is mentioned five times as Troas. It was here, on Paul's second missionary journey, that in a vision he received a call to proceed to Europe (Acts 16:8–11).


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Knidos Harbors (folder)

Knidos (Cnidus) was a very important city during the Hellenistic and Roman/Byzantine Periods located in southwestern Turkey.  It had trading connections with the eastern Mediterranean, including Egypt, and with Greece and Italy.

Because of its location on the very southwest tip of Turkey from here ships could head north into the Aegean, northwest to Greece, or west towards Rome.  The apostle Paul passed Cnidus on his voyage to Rome (Acts 27:7).

Among its many temples was the Temple of Aphrodite (Venus) with its famous statue of Aphrodite (now lost) by the sculptor Praxiteles.

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