KAVALA – Prophets, Legends and the heroes of Philippi
Follow in the footsteps of St Paul through the ancient city of Neapolis and the nearby town of Philippi where the missionary established a church during his second visit to western Europe in 54AD.
This tour takes you to the famous Via Egnatia, which once ran from Rome to Istanbul. Our experienced guide walks you through the archaeological excavations where you will hear about the highs and lows of Paul’s treacherous journey including the prison where he was held captive right here in Neapolis.
You will also discover the legacy he left behind including St. Lydia Purpuraria, an open-air baptistery by the riverside which became the first Christian convert in Europe. Your guide will also point out other points of interest including St. Paul’s Monument which commemorates the location where Paul came ashore during his second visit to Europe.
A Bastion of History
Your next stop will be Philippi, one of the most interesting ancient cities in western Europe due to its biblical and historical connections. In ancient times, the city was known as Crenides but was later renamed after King Philip II of Macedonia – father of Alexander the Great – who conquered the region in order to acquire the nearby gold mines.
It was also here where Mark Antony and Octavian Augustus defeated Brutus and Cassius, the assassins of Julius Caesar. History buffs will not want to miss this tour.