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    • Day76


      October 16, 2021 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Ganz in der Nähe von Kavala liegt Philippi, eine antike Stadt und inzwischen sehenswerte Ausgrabungsstätte. Die Fahrt dorthin dauert nur 15min und es sind ausser einer Reisegruppe und einigen Individualtouristen nicht viele Menschen vor Ort. Neben einem riesigen Amphitheater gibt es die Überreste eines römischen Forums und mehreren Basilika sowie Nebengebäuden zu sehen. Wir sind beeindruckt von der Fläche, welche von den Ruinen bedeckt ist!

      Die Stadt wurde zu Zeiten des Königs Philipp II. von Makedonien um ca. 355 v. Chr. erbaut und später von den Römern erobert und erweitert. Die Via Egnatia führt in Philippi vorbei, eine römische Strasse, die durch den Balkan bis nach Konstantinopel (heutiges Istanbul) führte. Die Strasse war als Handels- und Kommunikationsweg äusserst wichtig für das römische Reich und ging bereits durch Thessaloniki hindurch. Eine grosse Hauptstrasse heisst dort heute noch so.
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    • Day3

      Day Three - Philippi

      June 13 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

      In ancient Philippi, we first went into the theater, which held seats for thousands of spectators. Next we walked along the ruins to the Roman-era crypt which is believed to be were Paul was a prisoner.

      Mr. David and Mary Beth Hill read the passage from Acts about Paul and Silas’s tie in prison. Eric reminded us to think of the imagery presented of freedom from slavery. This reminder also hit home because the reading for this morning in CioH reflects on Psalm 124, We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers. (verse 7)

      Acts 16: 16 - 40:
      16One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, "These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation." 18She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And it came out that very hour.
      19But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. 20When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, "These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews 21and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe." 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 23After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. 24Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
      25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted in a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." 29The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them outside and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31They answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." 32They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 34He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.
      35When morning came, the magistrates sent the police, saying, "Let those men go." 36And the jailer reported the message to Paul, saying, "The magistrates sent word to let you go; therefore come out now and go in peace." 37But Paul replied, "They have beaten us in public, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they going to discharge us in secret? Certainly not! Let them come and take us out themselves." 38The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens; 39so they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. 40After leaving the prison they went to Lydia's home; and when they had seen and encouraged the brothers and sisters there, they departed.

      We finished walking through the ruins, seeing more of the Christian Road, still visible and with chariot marks in some places. Mosaics and pieces of columns have been discovered. The artwork was incredible and it’s difficult to think it has survived so long out here in harsh conditions.
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    • Day13

      Filippi Ruinen

      August 14, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Filippi wunderschöni früeh Antiki stadt mit aune empochene vereint. Vo Grieche bis zu de osmane, vo steizit götter bis zur erste christleche stadt ufem festland. Sehr spannend und beidruckend. Die boukunst mire meinig na sit här unereicht i sache estetik und deteil verliebtheit😍😘🇬🇷Read more

    • Day596

      Day 597: Archaeological Site of Philippi

      October 4, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Early start again from Kavala, heading for the nearby ruins of Philippi, an ancient Greek settlement. Although we arrived at about 9:30am (it's not far outside town), we were dismayed to discover a car park full of tour buses! We were then mayed to find that it was for kids on a sports excursion, and they were using the nearby parks rather than the archaeological site - which we had entirely to ourselves. Not bad.

      There's not actually a whole lot to see here, it's probably the least preserved of the ruins that we've visited. But I still found it quite interesting because it's closely connected to many famous people from antiquity. Firstly, it's named Philippi after its first conqueror, Phillip of Macedon who was Alexander the Great's father.

      Secondly, during the Roman period there was a huge and decisive battle just outside the town in 42 BC. After Julius Caesar's assassination, an army lead by his heirs Octavian (later Augustus) and Marc Antony faced off against an army lead by Caesar's assassins, Brutus and Cassius. It sounds cliche, but Rome's history lay in the balance. Ultimately, Octavian and Marc Antony prevailed, ending completely the 500 year history of the Roman republic and paving the way for the Roman Empire (which Octavian would later become the first emperor of).

      And thirdly, during the Byzantine period Philippi became an important centre because of something that had happened hundreds of years earlier. Around 49 or 50 AD, the Apostle Paul had visited Philippi and preached the gospel. He was thrown in jail and miraculously escaped (according to a tale from the book of Apostles). In the city he also built the first ever Christian church in Europe, and also performed the first ever baptism in Europe, on a local lady named Lydia.

      So yeah, all up it was quite interesting, though not much to physically see. A ruined theatre, remains of the Forum, stones from early Christian basilicas, and that was basically it.

      Grabbed some lunch from a bakery on the way back to Kavala, then drove into the centre of town to have a look. Parking was Greek-style only (ie anywhere your car might fit), so we opted to just have a look from inside and then cruise back home.
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    Krinídes, Krinides, Κρηνίδες

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