The Archaeological site of Amphipolis is a municipality in the Serres region of Greece. The city has always been of great strategic importance throughout history due to its location close to the Pangaoin hills, which contain gold and silver mines as well as the rich and fertile area around the river Strymon.
The Athenians who were determined to consolidate their control in Thrace founded the city as a colony in 438/437 and it soon became an important power base. It was the target for many Spartan attacks and the site of the 422 BC battle between the Spartans and Athenians during the Peloponnesian war. The city remained independent until its incorporation into the Kingdom of Macedonia by Philip II in 357 BC. Throughout Macedonian rule Amphipolis was a strong fortress with great strategic and economic importance. This is where Alexander the Great planned his campaigns to invade Asia, where three of his finest admiral resided and also where his wife Roxana and their son Alexander the 4th were exiled to after his death.
In the Roman era Amphipolis became the capital of Macedona Prima, one of the four mini republics created by the Romans. During this period the city grew economically as well as culturally particularly, as it was a station on the Via Egnatia. The city’s prosperity is reflected in its monumental buildings with mosaic floors and mural paintings. Excavations began after the Second World War and have revealed important buildings, ancient walls and tombs. The numerous findings are now located in the Archaeological Museum of Amphipolis and in the Archaeological Museum of Kavala.
Tip: → Υou must combine your visit to the museum with a trip to the Archaeological Site of Amfipoli. – Book an official Tour Guide Daily Package
Opening Hours: Summer (June – September)
Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00
Winter (October – May)
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00 – 15:00
Tickets General Admission: 6,00 €*
*The Τicket price is for both the archaeological site and museum of Amfipolis
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