(9) This reference to a visit of Paul to Spain is strong evidence that such a trip didindeed take place.(10) Finally, there are the local traditions. Although these are of late origin, theygive an idea of what people much closer to the time believed. In Tarragona(Barcelona) there is a monument to Paul, and the tradition that he preached there.Also, at the other extreme of Spain in the village of Ecija (Seville) there is amonument marking the place where Paul supposedly preached.Paul is still the Patron Saint of Ecija and for years baptisms were done in the nameof the Father, the Son and the Apostle Paul. One plausible route for Paul’s visitwould be to enter Spain at Tarragona (Tarraco), passing down the coast to Cadizand then back through Sevilla, Ecija, Cordoba, Mérida, Zaragoza and leaving againfrom the port of Ampuias (Emporias ) on the coast between Barcelona and theFrench border. It should be remembered that travel between Spain and Italy was acommon occurrence and what happened in one country did not escape the notice of the other. The evidence is strongly in favor of Paul having visited Spain. However that alonewould not have been sufficient to evangelize Spain to the extent we see at such anearly date. There had to have been others that did the bulk of the work. Who thesewere makes for interesting conjectures. Spain was very closely linked to Rome andmaybe some of the converted Pretorium guards that were with Paul in Rome weresent to Spain where they testified to others.
W.J. Conybeare and J.S. Howson, The Life and Epistles of St. Paul, Grand Rapids, MI., EerdmansPublishing Co. See the evidence presented by pages 738- 741.
M. Dias y Diaz; San Pablo enEspafla, Historia 16, ExtmXN, June 1980, p. 124.
Francisco J. Montalban, Manual de Historia de las Misiones, Secretariado de Misiones, Burgos. 1938, p.122.
Frederick Meyrick, Spain, Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. London., 1892., p. 20.
A. Roberts, & J. Donaldson, The Ante-Nicen Fathers, Vol. I Page 18, Ages Digital Library.
To confirm this read Cayo Plinio the elder. Vo1wne III, I page 52, of his Natural History “Origo aboccasu solis et gaditano fretu;Hispania prima terrarum est, uterior apellata” The “gaditano” straits could be at Gibraltar or a reference to Cadiz while Hispania is defiantly Spain.
Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II Volume VII (ECF -Volume XXX) Catechism., xvii.