Sunday, May 15, 2011

Map of Where the Twelve Apostles Died

Updated: Now with Saint Matthis (Judas' replacement). Also, many apostles died far away from their home country and all but one died a violent death. Something to reflect upon.

As a Saturday night project I made this map of locations where the Twelve Apostles of Jesus died.  Blue markers represent commonly accepted death locations while yellow markers represent disputed locations.  The map can be viewed below, in Google Maps, or can be download from the Google Earth Community Forms.


View Where the 12 Apostles Died in a larger map

20 comments:

Rodi said...

Is it possible for you to number the markers and match the numbers up with the Apostles' names. It is breathtaking to see how far away they ventured with the Gospel in the mission field. Awesome work! Thanks for doing this.

Anonymous said...

So, there are 13 - I assume you are noting Judas Iscariot's death place also (Jerusalem).

Anonymous said...

You forgot Matthias

Anonymous said...

Interesting, but I count 8 blue and 6 yellow for grand total of 14. Most seem to be close together, no?

Mary in Monmouth said...

I always understood, according to the early Eastern Church's records that Simon the Zealot was meant to have been martyred in Britain.(Bishop Dorotheus of Tyre) but well done . It is great to have a map of where they died.

Catholicgauze said...

Rodi,
I can improve it but right now it is the way it is because the ease of creating it on Google Maps.

Anonymous,
I added Mattias. I already had Judas.

Anonymous,
I did not forget. I added Mattias because of your comment. However, I made the map without him because he was not one of the original twelve.

Anonymous,
Some of the apostles appear more than once because there are disputes over where they died.

Mary in Monmouth,
Many (if not all) of the British stories of early Christianity are nationalistic myths that have old roots that were reignited by British Israelism.

Legal Beagle said...

Amazing! I marvel at how far away they traveled, particularly thinking about when they lived. They covered 3 continents!

Anonymous said...

Although not one of the 1st 12, would you consider adding Paul?

Dust said...

Interesting map. Only one little criticism- in the Gospels Peter is always listed first. As a Catholic, and with the opportunity to do a little apologetics on your blog, that little bit of information is significant. No?

+Edmund said...

How unfortunate that the map is left completely blank for location in the country of Israel. Can't we find a non-Arab map to use?

Greenbrier Escape said...

What about Saint John? I have seen near Ephesus, Turkey a site purported to be his tomb.

Catholicgauze said...

Anonymous,
I'll think about it but the map is dedicated to the 12. Maybe I'll make another one about the early martyrs

Catholicgauze said...

Dust,
The reason Peter is not first one the list is because... his entry was not created first.

Catholicgauze said...

+Edmund,
Israel is there. Just zoom in and you'll see it displayed in both English and Hebrew. The only reason it is not showing is because the markers cover the labels. No politics involved!

Catholicgauze said...

Greenbrier Escape,
Saint John is on the map. Look on the western coast of Asia Minor. You may have to zoom in.

Dust said...

CG, My comment to you was intended to be semi tongue-in-cheek. No offense was intended.

Catholicgauze said...

Dust,
None taken. Sorry if I came off wrong. :)

Dorcas said...

What a great work you've done. Thanks. But i counted thirteen instead of twelve, if Judas Iscarot among them?
Dorcas

Anonymous said...

Great job. Only one question, is there a city in the north west corner of Spain that is suppose to be the death place of an apostle? I always thought there was a large pilgrimage to it across the top part of Spain?

Catholicgauze said...

Anonymous,
Santiago de Compostela. St. James the Greater is traditionally held to preach in Spain but later returned to Israel. It is in Israel where St. James was killed by order of Herod. This is the only apostle's death recorded in the Bible itself. Tradition holds that James' followers brought his body back to Spain.
Santiago de Compostela is the end goal of pilgrims on a long pilgrimage tour in Europe. It is featured in the excellent movie The Way.