One of the most significant archaeological sites in Northern Greece is set to undergo major restoration and upgrade works. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016, the archaeological site of Philippi includes a series of edifices showcasing
the city’s importance in the region from the hellenistic times to the Roman era and christianity.
The restoration project is will cost 2.3 million euros, and is funded by the Regional government of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. The works, which are to be carried out by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Kavala and Thasos, include promoting the site, improving accessibility, and unifying the finds.
Part of the project includes the removal of the old asphalt road that goes through the site. For many decades, the National Highway linking Kavala with Drama passed through the site, but the new Highway rendered it out of use. Now this paving will be removed and the ancient roads will be unearthed. A new entrance to the site is also planned to be constructed, along with new fencing around the site.
Located 15 km from Kavala in Krinides, Philippi was founded in 356 BC by the Macedonian King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
The site includes the walls and gates of the vibrant Hellenistic city, as well as the ancient theatre (which hosts an annual summer music and theatre Festival) and the funerary heroon temple; Roman structures include the Forum and a monumental terrace with temples to its north.
Philippi was visited by Apostle Paul in in 49-50 CE, becoming a centre of early Christianity, proof of which are the remains of its basilicas, the bishop’s quarter, large private residences and other structures.