The Pictures following were taken during our trip to Thessaloniki. These are of the Royal Tombs of King Phillip II father of Alexander the Great. They are unique because they were discovered in 1977. They were covered by a mound of dirt to disguise them. Excavators carefully dug down and found 4 tombs. Two had been plundered and robbed. The other two were untouched for 2400 years. They excavated the tombs and carefully cataloged and photographed everything in the tombs. They decided to build a museum in front of the tombs with a roof over them and then covered them up just as they had been found. We could not take pictures in the museum and so some of the pictures that follow we took from an archaeological guide. This was one of our favorite sites.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
We had arranged to have our P-day off while we were here in Thessaloniki so we could see the sights because it was possible that we might not get back up here. The problem was that there was no transportation to take us around and so we hired this car and its driver to take us around. It was a new BMW with everything on it including an all leather interior. We started at 8 in the morning and returned at 8:30 that evening. "A new adventure every day".
This is a memorial placed here by Alexander the Great. A great battle took place here. There were thousands of soldiers fighting here and many were killed. One of Alexaders friends and his best Admiral was killed in the fight. The admiral was buried here and Alexander had this huge memorial made to honor him. They won the battle by the way.
WELCOME TO PHILIPPI. These are two arches that are part of the amphitheater and are the first thing of the old City that you see when you enter the gate. We really had a strong desire to see this place as it was the first place that Paul preached when he arrived in Greece. We have walked in his footsteps in several areas of our mission. We will never read the New Testament the same again. It was a thrilling experience to walk through this historical place.