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Meaning: new city

This was the name of 2 ancient biblical cities.

  1. Neapolis of Samaria

    also known as: Flavia Neapolis

    It was given this name by the Roman Emperor Vespasian (Titus Flavius Vespasianus) who besieged and destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D. during the Jewish rebellion. Previously, it was known as Shechem. Today, it is Nablus.

    Site of ancient Neapolis of Samaria, now modern Nablus, Israel (West Bank)—satellite view
  2. Neapolis of Thrace, a seaport

    also known as: Kavala, Kavalla, and Cavala

    Here, the Apostle Paul first landed in Europe.

    Therefore, sailing from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day came to Neapolis… —Acts 16:11 ESV

    It was the seaport of the city of Philippi, which was about 10 miles inland.

    From this port Paul embarked on his last journey to Jerusalem (Acts 20:6).

    Today, it is the modern Greek city of Kavala (Kavalla).

    Site of Neapolis of Thrace, now modern Kavala—satellite view
Article Version: September 18, 2019