The Ten: Biblical places that still exist today

You know of Egypt. What about Malta and Ephesus? These are just a few of the biblical places that you can still visit today.

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1. Egypt

One of the oldest biblically mentioned places that still exists today, Egypt was a key location for important events in both the Old and New Testaments. Today, more than 14.7 million tourists visit the country each year.

2. Paphos (Cyprus)

A coastal city with spectacular ancient ruins, Paphos is mentioned in Acts 13, where Paul (referred to as Saul) and Barnabas arrive after travelling the whole island of Cyprus.

3. Jerusalem (Israel)

Located within the biblical account of the Promised Land, Jerusalem played a pivotal role in the lives of key Bible characters and is still considered one of the holiest cities in the world today.

4. Ephesus (Turkey)

An important centre for early Christianity, Paul himself lived in the city from AD 52–54. Ephesus is also one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. It was part of the Greek and Roman empires in Bible times and today its ruins are near Selcuk, in Turkey.

5. Rome (Italy)

At its peak, the Roman empire comprised 12 per cent of the world’s population and had the city of Rome as its capital. Mentioned extensively throughout the New Testament, Rome had a tremendous impact in the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth and crucifixion.

6. Damascus (Syria)

Most famously known for the place Saul was travelling to when God stopped him in his tracks (literally), Damascus has been around since the third millennium BC. In Bible times, Damascus was part of the Aram region and is now the capital of Syria.

7. Corinth (Greece)

Another city in Paul’s missionary travels, the village surrounding the ruins of the ancient city was actually destroyed by an earthquake in 1858. The city of Corinth today is an industrial hub and lies about 3 kilometres from the original ancient city.

8. Malta

Shipwrecked after a storm (Acts 27, 28), Paul ended up in Malta for three months, beginning a Christian influence that has continued down through the centuries. Today, Malta is the most religious nation in Europe, with 98 per cent of its citizens members of the Catholic Church.

9. Babylon (Iraq)

A key biblical kingdom, Babylon appears prominently in the books of Daniel, Jeremiah, Isaiah and, most notably, Revelation. It’s the most famous city from ancient Mesopotamia and the ruins can be found in modern-day Iraq.

10. Mount Nebo (Jordan)

In the final chapter of Deuteronomy, Moses climbs Mount Nebo and is granted a view of the Promised Land. Today, the cities of Jericho and Jerusalem are usually visible from the summit.

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