ICOT2018 – Social Programme

Wednesday 27 June 2018


Walking Sightseeing Tour in the Old Town of Kavala (Panagia)

Starting from the conference venue, the Municipal Tobacco Warehouse, we will walk through the lively streets of St Nikolaos district to arrive at our first stop; the place where Apostle Paul disembarked, first stepped onto European soil and began his missionary journey.



We will then pass by the Aqueduct (25m high, built in 1550) heading towards the Panagia Old Town with its old-style colourful houses, cobbled streets and narrow alleyways. From there we will admire the City Walls, the main part of which was built in the 14th century, continue to Imaret (a former Koranic school, built in 1718) and Mohammed Ali Pasha’s House (built in 1720, a typical Turkish home) – the founder of the last Egyptian dynasty. Our next stop is the Church of Panagia built on the edge of the Panagia peninsula next to the ruins of a post-Byzantine church of the 15th century and to the town’s lighthouse, which offers magnificent views of the city, the bay and the island of Thassos. Our tour will end at the scenic square of Palaia Mousiki (Halil Bey Complex) located in close proximity to the town’s Castle.



Welcome Reception – Palaia Mousiki (Halil Bey Complex)

We are delighted to offer our ICOT delegates a Welcome Reception on the opening day of the conference on June 27th. The Reception, including the Welcome Speeches, will take place in Palaia Mousiki (Halil Bay Complex) surrounded by a picturesque mosque of the 16th century, built on the foundations of an early Christian basilica, and the madrassa building (sacred teaching), with its well restored 8 rooms that served as a primary education center in the early 20th century. All delegates will enjoy a special night including delicious snacks, wine, and many socialization opportunities!


Friday 29 June 2018


Half Day Trip to Philippi and Baptistery of St Lydia – Gala Dinner

On the evening of June 29, ICOT delegates will enjoy a half-day trip to the archaeological site of Philippi,  the Baptistery of St Lydia and to the village of Moustheni, all located less than one hour away from Kavala. The archeological site of Philippi has been recently declared an UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient city of Philippi is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. The site was originally colonized by the people of Thasos, who established a city there in 360 BC. Realizing the place’s potential, King Philip II of Macedon Philip conquered, fortified, and renamed the city after himself. Hellenistic Philippi had a fortification wall, a theatre, several public buildings, and private houses. The construction of the Via Egnatia through the city in the second century BC elevated the importance of Philippi as a regional centre. Philippi is also known for the Battle of Philippi, between between the forces of Mark Antony and Octavian (of the Second Triumvirate) and the leaders of Julius Caesar’s assassination, Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus in 42 BC. The city was conquered by Octavian and renamed Colonia Augusta Julia Philippensis. The new Roman colony developed into a financial, administrative, and artistic centre. The third event that marked the city’s history is when Saint Paul founded the first Christian Church on European soil at Philippi in 49/50 AD. The establishment of the new religion and the city’s proximity to Constantinople, the Roman Empire’s new capital, brought new splendour. Three magnificent basilicas and the Octagon complex, the cathedral dedicated to Saint Paul, were erected in the city centre in the fourth-sixth centuries AD. The most important monuments in the area are the city walls, the acropolis, the theatre, the forum, Basilica A, Basilica B, and the Octagon (source: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh351.jsp?obj_id=2387). The visit to the archaeological site provides a unique source of information about so many aspects of social, economic, religious, and political life of the ancient world.

Located next to the archaeological site of Philippi, the Baptistery of St Lydia is the place where Apostle Paul baptized Lydia, the first European Christian to be baptized. In honor of Saint Lydia an impressive octagonal church – baptistery, decorated with mosaics and stained glass has been erected.


Saturday 30 June 2018


Day Trip to Thassos Island

On Saturday 30 June, ICOT delegates are invited to take part to a full-day trip to the island of Thassos. An island with crystal clear water and lush greenery, Thassos is the northernmost island of the Aegean Sea. Thassos island has gorgeous beaches, while its mountainous villages have traditional architecture, with stone houses, paved streets and grey-tiled roofs. The surrounding landscape is great for trekking. The Monastery of Archangel Michael offers breathtaking views to the Aegean Sea.