Experience the multicultural influences!
The prefecture of Kavala has many sights for you to visit. Ranging from the ancient times through the Byzantine period, the Egyptian and Ottoman period untill the modern times, you’ll learn more about the multicultural influences to the area and its people.
Ancient Theatre of Philippi
The ancient theatre of Philippi is an important and remarkable monument. It is located at the feet of the acropolis and it is supported on the eastern wall of the city of Philippi. Eventhough it has sustained many changes throughout the centuries and some interventions so that it can host the Philippi Festival, it still preserves many of its original elements.
Opposite the ancient theatre of Philippi there are the ruins of the ancient city. The ancient city took its name in 356 b.c. after the father of Alexander the Great, Philippos the II.
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.
The Philippi Festival
One of the most important festivals in Greece. It takes place every summer on the site of the ancient theatre of Philippi and it hosts various plays and musical performances.
Its biggest part was built in the first quarter of the 15th century. It followed the Byzantine Acropolis of Christoupolis – which was destroyed in 1391. After the appropriate and necessary interventions, the Acropolis is now used as a resting place for the people of Kavala. Today, there is also an outdoor theatre for various kinds of events such as musical events, theatrical events, dancing events etc. The visitor can also find souvenirs and informational material, as well as enjoy a drink in the cafeteria.
Mohamed Ali’s house – statue
It was built in 1720 and it is preserved in very good condition. The grounds on which the house is built, is property of the Egyptian Government. Apart from the house there is also a large garden. Until a few months ago it was a museum. It currently operates as a bar-restaurant.
Next to Mohamed Ali’s house there is a bronze equestrian statue of him, a work by the Hellene sculptor Dimitriadis. A gift from the Hellenes of Alexandria to the people of Kavala. The unveiling took place on December 6th, 1940.