Greece will travel to the 40th annual meeting of UNESCO World Heritage in Istanbul with a positive recommendation that will probably include the archaeological site of Philippi in the list of the World Heritage monuments.
The meeting will take place between July 10-20 and the Greek request will be discussed on July 15.
“We are optimistic regarding our candidacy because the consulting body’s evaluation report is positive,” said Evgenia Geroussi, the national coordinator for UNESCO’s world heritage monuments for Greece.
The archaeological site of Philippi is a very important area in Northeastern Greece on the ancient Egnatia Odos. King Phillip II saw the strategic position of the location, built the city and named it. The battle at Philippi also affected the future of the Roman Empire because Augustus became an emperor and the city built was a copy of the Roman cities. “The city does not have any superstructures and after its abandonment it remained untouched, which means authentic,” noted Geroussi.