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... on the beaches at night and drank too much retsina one night and missed going out to the island Thassos which is just off the coast from here because we weren't feeling too good in the morning!
There is a well preserved acqueduct in the town and a huge city wall and fort on top of the hill, overlooking the port and fishing boats. Again there are lots of cafés and delicious cake shops!
... by Thraceans. The Greeks wanted the fertile plains inland and the town of Krenides because of the riches (gold and silver) found in the surrounding mountains. They were unsuccessful in dislodging the Thraceans so the called upon the help of King Phillip II of Macedonia in 356 BC. King Phillip had a large army and wished to expand his kingdom eastward, so he came to the aid of the Greeks and conquered the Thraceans and renamed the ...
... and his companions to stay with them. A strong, mainly gentile, Christian community developed in Philippi. They met in the homes of wealthier members. Two women, Euodia and Syntache, appear to have been leaders of household based communities. Paul and his companions followed the Jewish synagogue system of appointing local elders to lead Christian communities after they had gone. These elders were called presbyters. Paul wanted community members and leaders to know ...
... and other treasures. The monasteries were
built on top of these hills and peaks during the invasion by the Turks. Because the monasteries were built in such inaccessible places, the Turks let them alone to practise their religion. It is amazing to see such buildings and all we could wonder was ... How were they built, how they got everything up to the peaks and how they got /and still get supplies. St. Steven's monastery, a convent and another monastery ...
However, earthquakes in the 7th century led to a decline in the city's population and it continued to dwindle and was nearly uninhabited by the 10th century with only a single Byzantine tower and a few houses occupied in the area. It remained this way into the 16th century A.D. But was at some time afterward abandoned completely.
Only a small portion of Philippi has been excavated at this time, mainly consisting of the ...