Archaeological site of Philippi

Archaeological site of Philippi

Philippi, was originally founded by people from the Island of Thasos, who named their city “Krinides” in 360 BC. Shortly after its establishment the city called for help from King Philip II of Macedon to save it from Thracian attack.

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Archaeological site of Philippi

Philippi, was originally founded by people from the Island of Thasos, who named their city “Krinides” in 360 BC.  Shortly after its establishment the city called for help from King Philip II of Macedon to save it from Thracian attack. King Philip II imposed his hegemony, fortified the city and re-named it after himself. 
 
Later the Romans built the Via Egnatia highway connecting the Adriatic Sea with Byzantium. It took about two months from news to travel from Rome to Constantinople along the Egnatia.
 
The Battle of Philippi, between the victories legions of Mark Anthony and Augustus against those of Brutus and Cassius took place outside city along Via Egnatia in October 42 BC. About forty legions fought a titanic battle and according to many accounts this could well have been the greatest battle fought in ancient times. After the battle was won, Augusts retired some of his legionaries and persuaded them to settle in Philippi which he renamed “Colonia Augusta Julia Philippensis”.
 
Philippi is where St.Paul founded the first Christian Church in Europe in 49/50 AD. Three basilicas and the cathedral dedicated to St.Paul, were erected in the 4-6th centuries AD. To this day, Philippi is an important pilgrimage site for Christians. Indeed, Philippi is an interesting Byzantine archaeological site as well as Ancient Greek and Roman.
 
In the 6-7th centuries Philippi declined due to earthquakes and Slav raids. Nonetheless, Philippi became a large fort protecting the Egnatia and therefore retained a military importance due to its strategic location along this vital east-west road artery. The fortified town was completely abandoned with the Turkish conquest in the late 14th century 
 
Today, Philippi is famous for its outstandingly well preserved ancient Greek theatre. This theatre is now the location for the classical theatre festival of Northern Greece which takes place every August. Plays by the great Ancient Greek playwrights, Aristophanes, Euripides, Aeschylus, Menander and Sophocles are performed here.

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    Address 18th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities Krinides, Τ.Κ. 64003, Filippoi (Prefecture of Kavala) Archeologikos Choros Philippi 12, Kavala, Greece

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    Opening hours Opening hours Summer hours: Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 20:00 (for the archaeological site) Saturday to Sunday: 08:00 – 15:00 (for the archaeological site) Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00 – 16:00 (for the museum) Winter hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 08:30 – 15:00

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    Telephone 0030 2510 516470 / 0030 2510 222 335

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    Email ihepka@culture.gr

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    Ticket price Tickets: For both of archaeological site and museum: 4,00 € General Admission: 3,00 € for the archaeological site | 2,00 € for the museum Over 65 years old: 2,00 € for the archaeological site | 1,00 € for the museum Students and School children outside EU: 2,00 € Students and School children: Free admission | People with disabilities: Free admission

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