Theatre at Philippoi

The ancient Theatre of Philippi is a remarkable and important monument. It is located at the foot of the acropolis and it is supported on the eastern wall of the city of Philippi. 

Even though it has undergone many changes over the centuries and some interventions it still preserves many of its original elements.
The first phase of the theatre dates back in the reign of Philip II in 356 BC. At that time the orchestra was u-shaped.
During Roman colonization changes were made to the theater in order to become suitable for the requirements of the new shows. 
The orchestra was floored with marble slabs and a high wall was built to protect the spectators during beast fights. Eventually in the 3rd Century A.D. the Theatre becomes an arena for beast fights.
During the Christian times the habits and morals of the people changed so the theater was abandoned 
Nowadays, many parts of the theatre are saved untouched still many restoration works are done so the annual Philippi Festival can take place.
The excavations have brought to light ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Paleochristian period.The octagon, the Roman forum, the paleochristian basilicas and parts of the city walls, are some of the most well known.

Visiting hours

Winter Schedule:
Monday to Sunday: 08:00-15:00

Summer Schedule:
Monday to Sunday: 08:00-20:00

For more information call: 2510 516251

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