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Relive the glory of Philippi archaeological site and its incredible ruins, which reveal the importance and wealth of this ancient Macedonian city.
Nearby is Lydia's Baptistry, reputedly the location of Europe's first babtism performed by the Apostle Paul. Visit Amphipolis and its Lion statue which has become very famous since the archaeologists have unearthed a vast ancient tomb in Amphipolis, distinguiested by two sphinxes and frescoed walls and dating to 300-325 BC.
One Day Tour
08:30 : The tour starts at the center of Thessaloniki by driving to the city of Kavala, following the Egnatia highway, built on the path of the Roman 'Via Egnatia', passing by the two lakes of Koroni and Volvi and the village of Asprovalta.
10:30: Firstly visit the place where St. Lydia was baptised, known as Lydia of Thyatira, her name means 'The Lydian Woman' which indicates she was from Lydia in Asia Minor. She is commonly known as St.Lydia or simply 'The Woman of Purple'.
Lydia was most likely a Greek, even though she lived in a Roman settlement. She provided hospitality to Apostle Paul and his companions in Philippi. They stayed with her until their departure, through Amphipolis and Apollonia, to Thessaloniki.
Apostle Paul established at Philippi the first Christian church on European soil.
11:00-13:00 : After leaving Lydia's grounds, visit the archaeological site of Philippi, i.e. the 'Forum Romanum'.
Philippi is located near the ruins of the ancient city and it is part of the region of East Macedonia and Thrace in Kavala.
The ancient city Philippi, established by the King of Macedon Philip II (the father of Alexander the Great) on the site of the Thasian colony of Crenides in 356 BC.
The objective of founding the town was to take control of the neighbouring gold mines and to establish a garrison at a strategic passage, the site controlled the route between Amphipolis and Neapolis, part of the great royal route which crosses Macedonia from the east to the west and which was reconstructed later by the Roman Empire as Via Egnatia. Philippi preserved its autonomy within the kingdom of Macedon and had its own political institutions.
When the Romans destroyed the Antigonid dynasty of Macedon in 167 BC and divide it into four separate states, Amphipolis was the capital of the eastern Macedonian State and not Philippi.
Almost nothing is known about the city to date, of this period, aside from the walls, the Greek theatre, the foundations of a house under the Roman forum and a little temple dedicated to a cult hero. This monument covers the tomb of a certain ''Exekestos'', it is possibly situated on the agora and is dedicated to the''ktistes'', the foundation heroes of the city.
13:30 : Continue to the city of Kavala for a short drive around the town where you may see the famous churches of St. Paul and St. John and the port. A lunch will follow, in a picturesque little harbour at a sea food restaurant.
14:30 : After lunch and on our way back to Thessaloniki, visit the famous statue of Amphipolis, the statue of the Lion. A trademark for the regional unit of Serres, a symbol of Macedonia. The Lion of Amphipolis is undoubtedly one of the most significant preserved monuments of the 4th century BC. It has been restored and stands next to the old bridge of Strymonas river at the regional street Amphipolis-Serraiki Akti. After the last discovery of the funerary enclosure of the "Kasta" mound in ancient Amphipolis, according to the research results of the 28th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, the burial monument of the Lion is closely related to the grave marker of the burial mound, which is in fact its foundation and is placed in the central and highest point of the mound, also following the geometry of the enclosure.
16:30 : Late in the afternoon, return to Thessaloniki.
18:30 : Arrival at Thessaloniki
*Please note: This tour includes considerable walking in Philippi, some of it over uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Wear appropriate clothing, hat and sun glasses and flat comfortable walking shoes.
- Air-conditioned Motorcoach
- Lunch at local restaurant
- Professional guide during the tour
- VAT and all legal taxes included
- Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums
(6,00€ per person up to now, according to the Greek Ministry of Culture)
- Drinks and beverages during all meals
- Anything that is not specified in the program as included
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