December 7th, 2015 @ // No Comments

Kavala museums and Philippi

 Hello my friends!

The previous day was very exciting! I’ve got to know so many exciting things about this part of Macedonia and Kavala in particular. The morning started from a cup of coffee in the Peristéri café with the sea view. Actually, the owner of the hotel advised me this place and I’m greatly thankful for that! Then I had a perfect refreshing walk along the sea-line of the city. It was so relaxing to see the ships come and leave the port. Walking like that I got to the Archaeological museum of Kavala.

It has always seemed to me that all the archaeological museums are alike like twins, except for some small typical items of the area. But this place made me change my opinion. In this museum I’ve felt like traveling in time into the Ancient Greece. There are so many things dated several centuries B.C., like a huge golden ring or the golden olive wreath, or an old amphora from the 7th century B.C.

After that I headed to Philippi. This ancient city was founded as far as in the 4th century B.C. and it could have remained by now – if not for the Ottoman conquest. In the 14th century the city was abandoned.

Actually, the story of the city seems to be so unfair! There was a settlement of the Thasos colony long before the foundation of the city. It was a rich and prosperous place having a very big importance in those times. It controlled the gold mines and the great royal route from Neapolis to Amphipolis. In general Philippi has been the hugest center in the Northern Greece. Moreover it is the first city in Europe attended by the apostle St. Paul where he founded the first Christian community on the continent.

To tell you the truth, I wanted to see more on that day, but the trip there and back was too exhausting for me. What’s more, I’ve forgotten to take Volts Lightning Cable with me. After I’ve taken so many photos on that day and screened a dozen of video clips, my iPhone needed to be charged. So the rest of the day I’ve spent in my room.

That’s why I’ve dedicated a half of this day to see the most extraordinary museum of Kavala. Undoubtedly these are Nautical museum, Tobacco museum and Museum of wax figures. The Nautical museum shows the development of the old fishing and sea trading city. I’ve seen so many ancient maps used by the sailors, instruments, as well as various models of vessels.

There is no entrance fee to the Tobacco museum situated in the old tobacco warehouse. I’ve learned about the smoking traditions of this area, got to know all the stages of the tobacco production, the secrets of picking and storage of the final product. The wax figures museum is almost the same as everywhere, but it was still fun to go there and take picture of the famous people.

I think I’ve seen everything interesting in Kavala and surrounding area. If nothing changes till tomorrow, I’m gonna finally go to the St. Eustratius island.

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