An­cient site of Philippi awaits UNESCO de­ci­sion

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An ae­rial view of the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site of Philippi in north­ern Greece is seen in a file photo. The site is the lo­ca­tion of the old­est Ne­olithic settlement in Eastern Mace­do­nia and Thrace, and one of the largest in the Balkans. The Apos­tle Paul was beaten and im­pris­oned at the site in around AD 50 af­ter con­vert­ing a lo­cal slave girl with for­tunetelling gifts to Chris­tian­ity and an­ger­ing her own­ers. Greece’s re­quest for Philippi to be listed as a UNESCO World Her­itage site, which was sub­mit­ted last year, is to be dis­cussed on July 15 at a summit in Is­tan­bul.

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