One of the most remarkable religious routes in Greece is "The Route that Paul constitutes a remarkable personality for the Christian religion, although he never belonged to Jesus’ 12 Disciples cycle. He spread the word of Christianity more than anybody else and for this reason he was named "Equal-to-the-Apostles" and “Apostle of the Nations”. Apostle Paul arrived in Greece for the first time in the winter of 49-50 AD to preach the Gospel and teach the work of f Jesus. He started with a ship from Troad in Asia Minor heading to Neapolis, present day Kavala and first stop of his journey, the island of Samothrace. Following initially Via Egnatia, he visited flourishing cities of the Greek and Roman world, which slowly evolved into important centres of Christianity. At the places where he stopped along his course monuments were founded, in honor of his journey. Monuments and places that survived through the centuries and today they move and attract thousands of travellers from every corner of the world, who want to follow the footsteps of Apostle Paul and learn about the world of the first Christians.
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The Archaeological Site of Philippi, the most important one in the Eastern Macedonian area of Greece, is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Monuments since mid-July 2016
In 356 BC King Philip II of Macedonia renamed the city after himself and used it to control the neighbouring gold mines of Mt. Paggaio, where he installed the Royal Mint.