The science working group of Kavala’s Municipality, in cooperation with Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, has prepared all the required documents. The equivalent preparations have been completed by the 18th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and by the 12th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities.
The application file will be submitted in September 2014 by the Ministry of Culture to UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris and will be examined by February of 2015.
The archaeological site of Philippi is inextricably linked to the glorious city that the Macedonian King Philip founded, and also with the renowned battle through which the Roman Empire’s future was determined. The area of Philippi was the first place that Paul the Apostle visited to spread the Gospel and the place where he named the first Christian woman, Saint Lydia, on the banks of the river Zigakti.
The mayor Kostis Simitsis, referring to this positive evolution, stated that Kavala’s Municipality, after its merger with Philippi’s Municipality, tried to organize all the procedures necessary in order to achieve the nomination of the archaeological site of Philippi in UNESCO’s monuments list.
"It is a joint effort of all the local institutions, that will not only highlight the multiple historic importances of the area renowned since antiquity, but will also initiate a series of new projects that will lead to the area’s international prominence and recognition," Mr. Simitsis stressed.
The mayor is extremely optimistic regarding a positive outcome of these efforts and Kavala’s Municipality plans to request the support of several important public figures related to the city, like the famous writer Vassili Vassilikos.
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The original article, published in Greek, can be found here.
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