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View looking southwest over the “harbor” of Patara. The “harbor,” now mainly silted, was located where the water and brown reeds are visible. This huge harbor originally measured 1.0 x 0.25 miles [1,600 x 400m.]!
The apostle Paul, and Luke (note the “we”), passed through this port as they were heading towards Jerusalem at the end of Paul’s Third Missionary Journey.
Acts 21:1–2 “After we had torn ourselves away from them [from the Ephesian elders at Miletus], we put out to sea and sailed straight to Cos, The next day we went to Rhodes and from there to Patara. We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went on board and set sail.”
For brief comments on Patara and its biblical significance and a map Click Here.