The archaeological site of Amphipolis, that is, the area of the ancient homonymous city, which is surrounded by the remains of impressive ancient walls, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Northern Greece. This is due not only to the great historical significance of the ancient city, but also to the fact that architectural remains of many important monuments (Gymnasium, Hellenistic House [Fig. 1], Roman Villa, Christian Basilicas [Fig. 2], etc.) have been unearthed there, some of which are unique in Greece (ancient wooden bridge, circular byzantine church et al.). That is why the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, over time, takes care of the preservation and protection of the monuments of this very important archaeological site. In addition to the construction of an Archaeological Museum in 1995, the most recent relative projects are the construction of protective shelters in the buildings of the Gymnasium (2014) [Fig. 3] and the restoration of the Byzantine Tower of Marmari (2015).


In 2017 a study entitled “Preliminary study for the management of the archaeological site of Amphipolis” was prepared by the Ministry of Culture and Sports.  The study was aiming to formulate a masterplan for the site. The study, also, described in details the planning of various works for the preservation and promotion of the monuments of the site, including the works that will be carried out within the framework of the BORDERLESS CULTURE project. The objective of the aforementioned project is the creation of a network of visitors’ paths passing by most of the excavated monuments in the central area of the archaeological site of Ancient Amphipolis. More specifically, after the completion of the project, the visitors (following the paths) would have the opportunity to see up-close all the excavated monuments of the Christian Acropolis, as well as monuments in two separate sub-sections of the ancient city, southwest and southeast of the Acropolis [Fig. 4].


Late Antiquity building is located in the village of Drenkovo, 16 km from Blagoevgrad.

Drenkovo is a scattered settlement; its neighborhoods are situated among the folds of the northern hills of Vlahina Mountain.

Today’s area of Drenkovo has been inhabited since ancient times. Evidence of this is the prehistoric settlement located in the fields “Garleshkite nivi” (1 km south of the village). Based on the tools of stone and flint found there, it was dated to the Neolithic (late VII-VI millennium BC). In late antiquity (IV-VI c. AD) along the river Drenkovska passed one of the roads connecting the valley of the Struma valley of the Vardar. Perhaps this road was an important road artery linking the villages from the Struma valley with the large administrative center of Pautalia (today’s Kyustendil). Confirmation that gives the square building with semicircular defensive towers at each corner, located south of Drenkovo. The defense facility was connected to the road guard. Archaeological studies have found that it was used even in the Middle Ages (IX-X century). Today the building is almost entirely restored and has become a sight of cultural and historical tourism. In the area of Drenkovo there are also remains of a settlement, dating back to the late antiquity.

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