St Paul's footsteps European Cultural Route

The road to Damascus:

the transformation of Saul

The conversion of Saul of Tarsus on the Road to Damascus (Book of Acts, chapter 9) has become synonymous with:

“A sudden, radical change in attitude, perspective, or belief”. It has long been used figuratively, sometimes put as a road to Damascus



The events that happened on the road to Damascus relate not only to the Apostle Paul, whose dramatic conversion occurred there, but they also provide a clear picture of the conversion of all people. While some have an extraordinarily dramatic conversion known as a “Damascus Road experience,” the conversion of all believers follows a similar pattern of Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus, described in Paul’s own words in Acts 9:1–9Acts 22:6–11; and Acts 26:9–20.


Saul’s dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus was the beginning of an incredible journey. What followed his conversion had a dramatic impact on the European continent through his missions as Apostle Paul.

The conversion of Saul has been the subject of famours paintings by Michelangelo and Caravaggio.

The Conversion of Saint Paul - Caravaggio

Conversion of Saint Paul by Michelangelo Buonarroti