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“The ancient site of Philippi”

Filippi Archaeological Site
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Kavala
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Hamburg, Germany
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2 reviews
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“The ancient site of Philippi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

We spent a beautiful day in the archeological area of Phillippi and the city of Kavala. The excavations of Philippi are very well preserved and the story goes back up to 361 BC. The forum and the Acropolis are still very well preserved. The city of Kavala is built beautifully on the hillside of the mountain Simvolon with a very nice old town and the birthplace of Mehmet Ali and the church of Agios Nikolaos. From the castle you have a fantastic view of the city of Kavala and can enjoy the view in a coffee there. The Agency Visit North Greece has the trip very well organized and the tour guide was very friendly with excellent local knowledge.

Visited September 2013
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Kavala, Greece
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“a unique Greek ancient place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

from Philip and Alexander The Great to footsteps of Apostle Paul, PHILIPPI is a unique place full of Greek history and art.
To book in advance an organized tour is the best way to know and feel everything there.....

-The ancient city of Philippi built on the fringes of the marshes that occupied the south-east part of the plain of Drama.
The first settlers were colonists from Thasos who were aware of the rich sources of precious metals,timber and agricultural products in the region and therefore founded the colony of Krenides in 360 BC.
The new colony was soon threatened by the Thracians and in 356 BC sought the aid of Philip II,king of Macedonia.Discrerning the economic and strategic importance of the city, Philip captured and fortified it and gave it his name....PHILIPPI....

Visited September 2013
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wales
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Amazing visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

I have visited Filippi twice now, once with an organised trip through Thomson 3 years ago, and once on our own this year. I much prefered our own trip from Thasos as it gave us more time to appreciate the whole site. I did smile at Milan C comment about it only offers stones!, but I am not sure what his expectations were.

The site itself is very big, so if you are going independently then get there early as it gets very hot quickly, and there isn't much shade, if any. We got the bus from Kavala bus station, it's about a 15 minute journey and stops right outside the site. Buses are hourly and the return stop is just down the road 20m from site entrance. (check inside the bus station for times though, and to get your tickets)

As far as information about each area of the site, the ticket hut does sell tour books, very informative and great pictures to keep for a souvernier.

The museum down the road is a modern looking building and has great air con which you will appreciate after venturing around the site! Inside there are many exhibits with full explanations, some not even behind glass so you can have a great viewing.

It's a brilliant visit and I would highly reccomend

Visited June 2013
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Belgrade, Serbia
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great sights, not well organized”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

Great monuments and history of ancient Greece, the Roman empire and later cultures. The tours of the site should be organized better and advertised to tourists.

Visited July 2013
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Kragujevac, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“It deserves more attention”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

This site deserves more attention from tourists. But, even more from its managers. There are some interesting things to see, but besides the museum (which I did not visit) and short explanations here and there, it offers only stones. Something like 3D model on the site, to help us to get the picture of how everything look like in the past, could be very useful.

Visited August 2013
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