The first one of the seven churches was established by St. Paul in Philippi in 49 AD.
Lydia, the first Greek christian woman was baptised in Philippoi by Paul himself
in the river Zegakti.
Many women choose to be baptised there today
Vasiliki A was a church built around 500 AD, and its size (136 m. long and 50 m. wide)
and position in the city proved how glorious it was. It was probably destroyed by an
earthquake around 600 AD and never rebuilt.
Vasiliki B , was built around 550 AD.
Paul visited Thessaloniki right after Philippoi. His trip lasted 5-6 days and on his way
there he stopped in two more cities Amphipoli and Apollonia.
Despite the fact that he was prosecuted he managed to establish his second church
there and left for Verea .
The following sites are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Agios Dimitrios ~ Built around 650 AD.
The Rotonda ~ Built around 306 AD by Ceasar Galerius probably as a temple of Zeus.
Hagia Sophia ~Built around the mid 7th century replacing a Vasilica of the 5th century.
Paul found a more open hearted audience in Verea, and was able to establish the third
church there. When his Jewish prosecutors found out that he was in Verea, they went
after him so he had to leave again. And he went to Athens.
This is one of the places where Paul was preaching in Verea.
The church "Resurrection of Christ " built around 1300
The Old Mitropolis ~ Built in 1070 AD.
St. Paul visited Nikopolis on his fourth Jouney in 65AD.