Ancient city of Philippi

Ancient city of Philippi

The first engagement with this location occurred in 1861, and Greek archeologists finished their work in 1956.

The ancient town of Philippi is located 70 kilometers away from Asprovalta.

The Egnatia Street, the remnants of the Roman market, the apostle Paul’s jail, and the old theatre, which boasts a circular orchestra and was built in evenly-structured lanes, are all noteworthy discoveries.

Philippi B’, Alexander the Great’s father, gave the town its name in 356 B.C. The city walls’ precinct began at the top of the hill and wound its way down the southern slope, encircling a section of the plain in the foothills.

The oldest phase of the precinct comes from the era of Philip II, while the most recent phase is from the reign of Justinian I. (527-565 AD). The circumference of the walls measures 3.5 kilometers in length. Strong towers help to support the wall. The three gates discovered in the excavations are also surrounded by towers.

Visitors are limited to the most recent, which has been dubbed the entrance of Neapoli by the excavators since it is where the road leading to the port of Neapoli starts (today, known as Kavala).

The archaeological site of Philippi can offer the visitor a mixed tour, since excavations have brought to light ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Christian period.

The Octagon, the Roman Market, the early Christian basilicas, parts of the city walls, are the most famous of them.

Also the ancient theater of Philippi is equally a valuable and important monument. Located at the foot of the Acropolis hill and is based in the eastern wall of the city of Philippi.


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