Kavala and Phillipi
Trip Start Oct 14, 2013
16Trip End Oct 26, 2013
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Kavala was Paul's first stop (it was called Neapolis at that time). We went to St Nicholas Church, a mid 16th century Eastern Orthodox church.
It is estimated that Paul walked about 22 miles in a day on very primitive roads. Paul travelled from Neapolis to Phillipi and so did we, but we took a bus. Philippi, a Roman colony located on a major east-west route across Greece, was the first European city that Paul preached in. It was in Philippi that Paul and Silas were beaten and put in prison (Acts 16:22-34). Phillipi is where Paul baptized Lydia, a businesswoman, his first European convert to Christianity (Acts 16:13-15).
We saw the ruins of the Agora at Phillipi. Turns out, The Agora is not just the name of a local club in Cleveland. The Agora is the center of commerce in most ancient cities. It was the market area where people bought and sold items, a gathering place for the people who lived in the community.
We saw the ruins of Basilica churches built around the 5th century AD. Then we hit the road once more and headed to Kalambaka.
Good Evening in Greek - Kali Spera