ANCIENT CITY OF PHILIPPI

Founded by the King of Macedonian Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, is a real open-air museum where different epochs have intertwined - Hellenistic, Roman, Christian, Byzantine, Muslim and where excavations are conductingtillthese days, replenishing the European museums with valuable exhibits of world archeology.

In 49 year A.C. the Apostle Paul came here, and since then he had a period of bright events in his life, affecting unconditionally the course of the history of world religion. The apostle baptizes a woman named Lydia (it was the first baptism of a woman in Europe) and the Lydia’s home church became the first church in Europe. This memorable place has reached our days - there is a chapel built in honor of Saint Lydia, attracting believers from all over the world.

  • HISTORY OF THE PHILIPPI

    HISTORY OF THE PHILIPPI

    Settlement was founded by people from the island of Thassos in 360 BC. Very soon in 356 BC.to fight the local Thracian peoples besieging the city, the inhabitants turned to Philip II for help, who had recognized the privileged position of the city and decided to name it in honor of him. Through Philippi in the 1st century BC.passed the road of Egnatia, thanks to which the city occupied an important position in the region. In 42 AD. The Battle of Philippi on two low hills outside the western city walls has changed the course of history both locally and globally. The victory of Octavian and Antony, followers of Julius Caesar's policy, put an end to democracy, opening the way for Octavian to create an empire. Philippi became a Roman colony (Colony Augusta Julia Philippensis), which reached a special heyday in the 2nd century AD. In the 49-50's. AD The apostle Paul visited Philippi and founded the first Christian community in Europe. The memory of his stay and imprisonment was imprinted deeply in centuries, the city became a special Christian pilgrimage site. The size of the city declined in the early 7th century. This was caused by strong earthquakes and raids by the Slavs. The city continues to exist in Byzantine times as a fortified castle, due to its location on the main road artery between East and West. He was finally abandoned by the inhabitants with the arrival of the Ottomans conquerors at the end of the 14th century.

  • ANCIENT THEATER IN PHILIPPI

    ANCIENT THEATER IN PHILIPPI

    The theater is on the north-eastern slope of the acropolis. The foundation of the theater stands on the eastern wall of the city. During the time of Philip II (ΙV century BC), the oldest building with common lines and orch with a diameter of 21.60 m was erected. After the Roman conquest, changes occur in accordance with the aesthetic requirements and favorite shows of the time. In the middle of III century there was a last change of theater in Philippi with the purpose of creation of the greater platform for carrying out gladiatorial fights, single combats and hunting. The theater is an invaluable cultural heritage of the area of ​​Eastern Macedonia. Today many of its elements are preserved. In the restored theater usually put the ancient theater productions, which can be seen in the framework of the Summer Festival in Philippi and Thassos.

  • ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM IN PHILIPPI

    ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM IN PHILIPPI

    The Philippi Archaeological Museum was built in the 1960s on the outskirts of the archaeological site of the ancient city of Philippi. The building has two exhibition areas for the permanent presentation of finds from the excavations of the ancient city: Module A - it occupies the entire first floor and has an area of ​​380 sq.m. This section presents archaeological (inscriptions, sculptures, vases, coins, jewelry), as well as the historical city of Philippi visual material and the region from prehistoric times to the end of Roman antiquity. Module B - occupies the floor of a building with an area of ​​205 sq.m. with inscriptions, architectural elements, mosaics, vases, coins from the early Christian years to the present.

EXCURSION ON ANCIENT PHILIPPI

Join us to see everything in Ancient Philippi, as well as choose other excursions with a guide from the company "Kavala Tour"

  • Excursion to ancient Philippi

    Excursion to ancient Philippi

    on the largest and majestic antique complex of Northern Greece, founded by King Philipp II, the father of Alexander the Great, where you can see the buildings of the ancient city, the ruins of the Roman city and the road through the fragments of which you can now repeat the path of the apostle Paul ...

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  • Excursion around the city of Kavala

    Excursion around the city of Kavala

    An excursion through the historical places and sights of the city, each of which is a unique architectural masterpiece, and the history of the city goes far into the past. During the pedestrian walk with the guide from the company Kavala Tour, you will learn a lot of interesting, and in particular a few legends ...

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  • Excursion around the island of Thassos

    Excursion around the island of Thassos

    One-day excursion to the amazing island of Thassos with a rich history, amazing beauty of nature and nice beaches with a guide from the company Kavala Tour ...

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  • Excursion to the caves of Alistrati

    Excursion to the caves of Alistrati

    in one of the most significant natural monuments of Greece of natural origin! Alistrati Cave is considered to be one of the largest and most beautiful not only in Greece, but also throughout Europe, and its age is more than 2 million years ...

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  • Excursion to ancient Amphipoli

    Excursion to ancient Amphipoli

    in the ancient Greek city and the monument of Greece, located near the city of Kavala, where recently was found a funeral complex, which became a sensation in the whole world and was recognized as the largest in all Greece, in which archaeologists buried the royal family, from the chiliarch Hephaestion, to the Olympics , Roxanne - the wife of Alexander, and even Alexander the Great himself...

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LEARN MORE ABOUT KAVALA

  • HISTORY OF CITY

    Twenty seven centuries is the history of the city of Kavala, founded in the 7th century BC. e. by people from Paros and Thassos islands...

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  • CITY TODAY

    Nowadays Kavala is a vivid, modern and beautiful city full of tourists, shopping stores and infinite beaches.

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  • SIGHTS OF KAVALA

    Each street of the city is a small architectural masterpiece, and each building is a whole history ...

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  • CITY BEACHES

    Kavala is an amazing city, within the limits of which there are amazing beaches - from completely organized to absolutely wild ...

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  • THASSOS ISLAND

    "PEARL" of the Aegean Sea is an amazing island Thassos with a rich history, beauty of nature and blue sea ...

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  • ANCIENT PHILIPPI

    A real open-air museum, in which different epochs are intertwined - Hellenistic, Roman, Christian, Byzantine, Muslim...

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  • HOW TO GET

    The city of Kavala is one of the largest transport hubs in Northern Greece to which it is very easy, fast and comfortable to reach ...

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  • WHERE TO STAY

    Stay in hotels, rent a living room, get apartament or maybe in a camping on the beach - yes, it's real ...

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