This famous old city has much history to explore. If you are into viewing and studying history you want to see this place. For Christians it has much meaning, but most remembered for the earthquake when Paul and Silas were in jail and the shaking opened all the jail doors and lossened their chains. Our groups really enjoy this stop and the Christian history there. If you interested in such a tour then you can contact us through our website.
The ancient theatre of Philippi was preserved in a quite good condition, with the alterations done by the Romans. It has been partially restored, in order to be used for the revival of the ancient performances. Such performances take place mainly in summer evenings, and watching one of them would be a great experience.
The museum was built in 1961 and includes four major collections of findings from the prehistoric settlement of Dikili-Tash and from the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian city of Philippi.
The architectural remains of the Hellenistic city of Philippi have not been excavated because they are covered by the ruins of the Roman city but a great number of Hellenistic grave stelae have been found on the site.
Luggage and bags:
Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.
Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.
Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars
Krinides mud baths site
is located close to the ancient city of Philippi, at the nearby village which is named Krinides.
Nature itself provides the mud by which the therapeutic mud baths of Krinides are contributing to the good health of those who use them. Since the ancient times, geological, biological, chemical and natural environmental mechanisms came favorably together to create the right setting for the maturation of the curative mud.
The therapeutic properties of Krinides mud were known from antiquity. There are uncountable tributes and testimonies that support the fact that the mud baths in Krinides can heal people from a number of ailments such as chronic diseases and pain. The combination of therapeutic mud with the curative thermal water of the region of Krinides is the outcome of the geological diversity of the land that beneficially compensates its visitors in abundance.
Historic background and points of interest
The small village of Krinides was founded in 360 BC by the Athenian politician Callistarhos. In the course of its long history, many events took place around it and many monuments were built as Macedonian civilization, a branch of the ancient Greek world, flourished. Among the monuments visitors can enjoy today are the Thermes (the Roman baths).
Curative Thermal mud
Therapeutic thermal mud is the natural earth material that in its authentic condition produces healing effects on certain diseases. These curative properties are documented from the knowledge gained from practical experience of the past as well as the temporary scientific studies.
The healing mechanism of the mud is a complicated and a complex one. Based on total or part coating of the body with matured mud, it acts in three various ways:
The mechanical action
During mud bathing, the human body is affected by the flotation and the hydrostatic pressure. The flotation force reduces body weight and as a result joint movement is facilitated. At the same time, hydrostatic is allocated evenly everywhere on the body. The combination of the two supports the body, reducing the force of gravity, and thus bringing relaxation and pain relief.
The thermal action (heat action)
When the temperature of the mud and the curative spring water exceeds the temperature of the human body, thermal action is effective. This brings positive reaction to the respiratory system, the blood circulation, the nervous and digestive systems. It generates the temperature regulatory mechanisms and brings about the acceleration of metabolic and the redox reactions of the body. Hot temperature dilates the surface blood vessels and increases the perfusion of the skin and muscles. As pain is reduced, the human body can achieve a greater range of movement of the stiff joints and can exercise them more affectively.
The chemical action
The chemical action of the mud is due to the organic and inorganic substances it contains and their antibiotic properties. Along with the bio-stimulation of trace elements that are deposited on the skin or enter the body through the skin, clay interacts chemically with the organism.
Key indicators for treatment
Krinides clay, with the mixture of organic material and thermal spring water, has therapeutic properties on the following disorders:
Peripheral nerve diseases
Stimulation of the nervous system
Post-traumatic disorders (pain, stiffness and limitation of the movement after fracture, muscle pull, sprains, muscle tear)
Psoriasis, eczema and skin allergies
Gynaecological diseases (tracheilitis, salpingitis)
Also, Krinides mud baths are very effective for the overall regeneration, rejuvenation and wellness of the body.