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... and Antony had a falling out and a battle ensued between them which Antony lost. Octavian declared himself Emperor and thus the end of the Republic of Rome ensued.
However, another important event in 49 AD occurred when Apostle Paul founded the first Christian church on European soil here. Paul had traveled here through Ephesus from Antioch. He met a wealthy merchant woman, Lydia, who sold purple cloth. He converted her and her ...
... 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 ...
... in operation today. We walked up 200 steps to the first monastery and spent some time inside the Church, learning about the iconography and the symbolism of the paintings. The one unique thing about these churches is that they depict the founders and martyrs holding churches in their hands that they place on the peaks.
The views around were absolutely spectacular. The next stop was at a convent, with nuns still living there so women had to don ...
... bout an effort to 'explore' the boat?
The locals amused themselves trying to feed the seagulls with cookies or whatever. My luck was not much better re seagull shots though I did try to get them with an island backdrop, Brys. The only gentle rocking motion was when the boat hit open water. It was a 35M ride, the smell of seaweed an indication shore was near.
We went for an orientation walk in Thassos Town, the capital of the island. By the time that was over, it ...
The monastery of the Russians has 60 Greek and Russian monks. It contains the second largest bell in the world. One on a hill contains the largest portion of the crucifixion cross, part of the cloth Christ was wrapped in after his death and part of the crown of thorns.
Another monastery was on a cliff's edge. A late 19th c fire destroyed all its original treasures. A red-roofed monastery was dedicated to St Nicholas. A monastery ...