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Ancient Philippi listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Philippi archaeological site in Kavala is to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, in a unanimous decision announced on Friday at the 40th meeting of UNESCO’s international committee in Istanbul, Turkey.
A culture ministry announcement said the dossier for Phillipi’s application was completed in January 2015, with the collaboration of several ministry antiquities and Byzantine monuments departments, the Kavala-Thassos Antiquities Ephorate, the Archaeological Resources Fund and the contribution of the Kavala municipality.
Philippi is one of the most important and complete archaeological sites in northern Greece with several monuments linked to the town’s development from the Hellenistic era to the later Byzantine years. It was also the site of the first Christian church in Europe, founded by Apostle Paul in 49-50 AD, followed by many others once Christianity became established as the official religion.
(Source: ANA-MPA)

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