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Archaeological Site of Philippi: The Theater © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Philippi on the World Heritage List

Founded in 356 BC by the Macedonian King Philip II

The Archaeological Site of Philippi has been inscribed on the World Heritage List. The site is one of the five inscribed by the World Heritage Committee on July 15, 2016.

The remains of this walled city lie at the foot of an acropolis in the present-day region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, on the ancient route linking Europe and Asia, the Via Egnatia. Founded in 356 BC by the Macedonian King Philip II, the city developed as a “small Rome” with the establishment of the Roman Empire in the decades following the Battle of Philippi, in 42 BCE. The Hellenistic theatre and funerary heroon (temple) were supplemented with Roman buildings such as the forum. Later the city became a centre of the Christian faith following the visit of the Apostle Paul in 49-50 CE. The remains of its basilicas constitute an exceptional testimony to the early establishment of Christianity.