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Review of Ancient Amphipolis

Ancient Amphipolis
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Day Tour of Philippi, Amphipolis, and Kavala
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Philippi
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Owner description: Near Philippi, excellent small museum, several byzantine churches with lovely mosaics, some roofed and therefore always available for viewing, a Hellenistic house, a gymnasium area, wooden bridge footings from classical period, extensive city walls; most of the archaeological remains are fenced off and you need to pay a guard from the museum to come with keys. Site is interesting and museum's great.
Reviewed 21 April 2015

We have read about Philippi for many years in the Bible and were thrilled to actually visit. We stayed in Thessaloniki and used a rental car to make a day visit to Philippi.

The location was easily found due to the adequate signage along the route. The ruins actually consist of: a large bus and car parking lot (free), a gift shop and restaurant complex, the ruins, and a museum.

To enter the ruins requires a ticket (3 Euro/4 Euro for the ruins and museum) that is bought at the entrance beside the restaurant/gift shop.

Once inside, we spent about two hours touring about 2/3 of the complex. We did not hike up to the acropolis nor did we visit the Second Basilica but could see both plainly from the main areas.

The ruins are amazing and have Greek/English signs explaining the significance of each area.

The museum was well worth the extra Euro: among its treasures was a burial vault unearthed in 2006 that contained the remains of a woman and numerous relics buried with her. It was amazing that things like this are still being discovered at the ruins.

After our visit to the ruins, we stopped at the restaurant for a delicious lunch and coffee. This proved an ideal venue to discuss many of the sights.

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Reviewed 4 November 2014 via mobile

This museum is really interesting and gave a lot of information as to the ancient city of Amphipolis and greece during this period.
The museum only cost 2 euros and well worth it.
From the museum we drove the few minute drive to the ruins and the gates were open and there was an attendant there who gave us an information pamphlet and then walked with and showed us some sites. The church mosaics were amazing.
There was no cost to enter the ruins. I will return again for a better look as it was raining and cold the day we went.

Thank Leeanne G
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Reviewed 11 September 2014

Hair-raising mystery. Whoever is buried here -Alexander the Great, his son or Roxanne or another great military figure- must be someone important. The two female statutes - similar to the Karyatides- in Parthenon, Acropolis, are so beautiful. Excavations are still going on and from what I gather they will continue for a long time as new findings get unearthed everyday.

2  Thank SophiaSeriouslyNow
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

Very interesting place to visit. !

Recent excavations have brought the global archaeological world as an excellent discovery! Revealing a funerary monument of the Hellenistic period unique in size-approximately 500 meters perimeter-is very likely to lead us to finding the tomb including Queen Roxanne and his successor Alexander IV, son of Alexander the Great!
Archaeologists will bring to light a landmark site for world history and culture!
The excavations,started in September 2012 and still continues.

Thank thanja
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Not very big or very interesting place to visit. Better not spend the time to go there.Just a smal piece of mosaic must by interesting.I not recommend this archeological site ,maybe just if you stay for some days in region and don't have nothing to do.

1  Thank Alin M
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