The Basilicas of Philippi: churches of unique Christian importance

Four impressive three-aisled basilicas with narthex have been erected at the archaeological site of Philippi, coming from the Early Christian Period. Basilica A On a level above the Kavala – Drama road and the marketplace of Philipi (west of the theater) has been traced the biggest early christian church of Philipi, called Basilica A. It …

Philippi Archaeological sites: From the Hellenistic to Roman period

The archaeological site of Philippi is located in Eastern Macedonia between the modern cities of Kavala and Drama, at the southeast edge of the plain of Drama. For the most part, the landscape that surrounds the archaeological site has been preserved intact from antiquity to this day. The most important sites, apart from the theater …

Macedonian Philippi: From the Neolithic era to the Kingdom of Macedonia

Long before the Ancient Greeks located to Philippi, there was a Neolithic settlement that was discovered in the last decades, next to water springs, at Dikili-Tas (Orthopetra), lying 2km east of the ancient city. This settlement in the prehistoric dark millennia can be considered as a distant ancestor of the city of historical times. Life …

Mykonos: Churches and Monasteries devoted to Saint Mary

Panagia Paraportiani The chapel of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Paraportiani is one of the most famous churches of Mykonos, located in the town of Chora, in the neighborhood of Kastro. Its name literally means “Our Lady of the Side Gate” in Greek, as it is positioned near the main harbor entrance in the side gate of …

Athens Marathon 2017 : Reserve your place in and experience the authentic ancient route!

The original historical course during your visit to Greece, you will be tracing the footsteps of Pheidippides, ancient heroes, philosophers, and legends! The Athens Marathon is like no other on Earth. According to legend, it covers the same ground that the Athenian messenger Phiedippides ran when he brought news of victory of the Greeks against …

Alonissos island is promoting sustainable tourism!

It’s been already 5 years that the Greek island of Alonissos in the Northern Sporades has started a serious “going green” effort by rejecting the plastic and adopting the paper and cloth instead. The Alonissos municipality teamed up with the Mediterranean SOS Network and MOm (the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the …

TripAdvisor: Greek Islands Among Top Destinations in Europe in 2017!

Crete, Santorini and Rhodes are included in the top 20 destinations of tripadvisor.com top Travelers’ Choice Destinations in Europe for 2017, based on the preferences and reviews of travelers. According to travelers’ opinion, Crete is fourth most popular destination in Europe, Santorini is the 16th and Rhodes is the 18th. Crete also came in sixth …

Vote for Greece in Europa Nostra’s Public Choice vote and feature the Greek Cultural Heritage!

Good news on Greek tourism as, Greece is among the winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honor in the heritage field. The European Commission and Europa Nostra on Wednesday announced the 29 laureates from 18 countries that were recognized for their notable achievements in conservation, …

Greek Easter Tsoureki & red Eggs : Ancient era and Christianity “marriage”

At least 95 percent of all Greeks claim membership in the Greek Orthodox Church, part of the Eastern Orthodox Church, as the official state of Greece dictates. Until 1054, the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches were one body. Theological, political, and cultural differences split the church in two, and those differences were never completely …

How Easter is celebrated across Greece? Unique Traditions to explore!

Easter is the most important religious holiday of the Orthodox Church marking the resurrection of Christ and the chance of rebirth for mankind. Falling always on a different date, Easter signals the end of the cold days of winter and the beginning of the sunny and warm days of summer. Easter celebrations hold also a …