Philippi be­comes UNESCO World Her­itage site

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The ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site of Philippi in north­ern Greece has been listed as a UNESCO World Her­itage site.

The de­ci­sion was made yes­ter­day at a meet­ing of UNESCO’s in­ter­na­tional com­mit­tee in Is­tan­bul, Tur­key. Greece had sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion in Jan­uary 2015.

The site is the lo­ca­tion of the old­est Ne­olithic set­tle­ment in East­ern Mace­do­nia and Thrace, and one of the largest in the Balkans. Saint Paul founded the first Chris­tian Church on Euro­pean soil at Philippi in AD 49-50.

The de­ci­sion to in­clude Philippi in the list was re­port­edly made on the ba­sis of the site’s ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and ar­chi­tec­tural sig­nif­i­cance, as well as the re­li­gious sig­nif­i­cance.

The de­ci­sion takes the num­ber of Greek World Her­itage sites to 18.

For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias (l) is greeted by Mon­go­lia’s Pres­i­dent Tsakhi­agiin El­beg­dorj at the 11th Asia-Europe Meet­ing in Ulaan­baatar, Mon­go­lia, yes­ter­day. Fol­low­ing the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s an­nounce­ment re­gard­ing the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion’s rul­ing on the South China Sea, Kotzias said, ‘All of the coun­tries that are can­di­dates for EU mem­ber­ship need to ex­pressly ac­cept the UN Con­ven­tion on the Law of the Sea and to have a bind­ing com­mit­ment to join this con­ven­tion and im­ple­ment it.’

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