Events Mark Addition of Ancient Philippi to UNESCO World Heritage List; A Makris; Greek Reporter


Greece – Archaeological Site of Philippi

A visit by Greek Culture Minister Lydia Koniordou and the unveiling of a plaque that informs visitors of Philippi’s new status as a UNESCO World Heritage site concluded two days of celebrations to mark the archaeological site’s formal addition to the list of UNESCO monuments on Sunday.

The plaque, situated at the entrance of the ancient theatre of Philippi, explains the significance of the site as an international monument of exceptional importance, not just for its Hellenistic and Roman-era history but also for the history of Christianity and the spread of the gospels by the Apostle Paul. These include the open-air baptism of St. Lydia, the first recorded convert to the Christian faith in Europe, on the shores of the Zygakti River.

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