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From Homer’s time right up to the present day poets and artists have not ceased to sing the praises of Mount Olympus, and the simple fact that the representatives of a great historical civilization such as Greek civilization imagined Olympus as the home of their gods is indicative of the awe that this mountainous massif provokes. It is not impressive only for its height with the peak Mystics reaching 2.918 meters but also for its short distance from the sea. It truly dominates the landscape with its many different aspects. Each trip to Olympus evokes different feelings because the mountain has many faces to show its visitors.
The Platamon Castle is a Crusader castle (built between 1204 and 1222) in northern Greece and is located southeast of Mount Olympus, in a strategic position which controls the exit of the Tempe valley, through which passes the main road connecting Macedonia with Thessaly and southern Greece.
The tower (donjon), which overlooks the highway, is an imposing medieval fortress.
Important discoveries are the board of Hellenistic wall, that confirm the suggestion that on this position was the ancient Greek city Herakleion and the gate in the wall of the donjon.
On the slopes of Olympus, a mere 5 km from the beaches of Pieria, Ancient Dion, the Holy City of Macedonia was found under a covering of undergrowth and water. This city had been a thriving centre of civilization from the time of its foundation for a period of 1,000 years from the 5th c, BC to the 5th c, AD.
We learn from Ancient Greek writers that the Macedonians regularly gathered in Dion to worship the Gods of Olympus, and to make sacrificial offerings, as can be seen from the objects found on the site. It was here that King Archelaos organized athletic competitions and theatrical events, and Philip the Second celebrated his victories at Dion, as did Alexander.
An ancient city with an Acropolis, homeland of the mythical Orpheus, it was situated between Ancient Leptokarya and Skotina, at the entrance to the great chasm which divides Lower from Upper Olympus.
The Archaeological site extends for over 1,500 sq, kilometers (the city, Acropolis, Cemetery, etc.) surrounded by the beds of the streams, which were covered by age old plane forests.
An exceptionally attractive old village with wooden beamed houses whose overhanging upper rooms and balconies mark out its singular character.
Situated at a height of 500 m. on the slopes of Lower Olympus it affords unique views towards the Thermaic Gulf and beaches of South Pieria.
In the central paved square there is a venerable plane tree, the old church of St. Panteleimonas, the old school house which has been restored.
Litochoro,an incomparable composition of natural and traditional colours at the foot of Mt. Olympus and close to the shores of Pieria, in the southern corner of Macedonia. Litochoro, The city of the gods. Litochoro is a unique combination of mountain and sea. In the atmosphere, cool mountain air mingles with the sea breeze. In the book of time myth meets history and history tradition.
Vergina - Tomb of Philip II
At the area of Vergina was located the capital of the ancient Macedonian state, the city of Eges. Here visitors can see the royal tombs, among them the tomb of Philip II, with a rich array of historical finds of the season.
Archaeological site of Pella
Pella was the capital of the Macedonian state after Eges (Vergina). The archaeological site is located at the 35th km of national road Thessaloniki to Edessa and includes a museum. In the surrounding area are the Roman colony, early Christian Pella and the necropolis.
Mount Athos, also known as “Agion Oros” (it means Holy MouItain in Greek), is the center of Orthodox Christian monasticism. It is a place where it seems to have touched by God, offering a unique serenity and a stunning natural architecture. It is the only place in the world where female presence is banned. The only residents are monks from around the globe, Greeks, Russians, Serbs, Romanians and many other nationalities. Mount Athos is an autonomous monastic state within the borders of Greece, on the Athos peninsula of Chalkidiki.
The history of Agion Oros is more than 1000 years old, while the presence of monks is located from the 4th century AD. In the 20 Holy Monasteries are items, artwork and books of enormous historical and religious importance. One of the most important of these is the image of the Theotokos "Axion Estin", located in the temple of Protaton in the capital, Karyes.
The Meteora literally "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" — etymologically related to meteorology) - is a formation of immense monolithic pillars and hills-like huge rounded boulders which dominate the local area. It is also associated with one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second in importance only to Mount Athos.
The six monasteries are built on natural conglomerate pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.
Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The nearest town is Kalambaka.
Edessa is the capital of the Prefecture of Pella. The city is famous for its waterfalls, and is located on the ancient Egnatia Road. It was founded in 813 AD by the first Macedonian King, Heraclides of Karano and was the first capital of the Macedonian Kingdom. Inside the waterfall park, the paved road leads to the Outdoor Water Museum. There are restored industrial buildings, water channels, watermills and engines that testify to the city's water history. Next to the Waterfalls is in operation since May 2001 the first aquarium with endemic freshwater fish in Greece.
The Loutra Pozar (Loutraki) is located in Almopia Province, 13 km. Northwest of Aridaia, in the prefecture of Pella. They lie at the foot of Mount Kaimaktsalan, a few kilometers from the Greek-Skopje border. The area is built on the banks of the hotpot that crosses the area. The hot, warm waters, with a constant temperature of 37 ° C, spur thousands of years from the mountains where they create a Impressive mountain and forest landscape. Visitors arrive in the Loutra from every corner of Greece either to accept the beneficial of thermal waters (therapeutic - relaxing), or to escape to the beautiful mountains with the caves.
The complex's facilities are organized in a small spa town with hotels, swimming pools, changing rooms, restaurants, Bars, offering every possible service to the bather.
Kastoria is a city in northern Greece in the region of West Macedonia. It is the capital of Kastoria regional unit.
It is situated on a promontory on the western shore of Lake Orestiada, in a valley surrounded by limestone mountains.
The town is known for its many Byzantine churches, Byzantine and Ottoman-era domestic architecture, fur clothing industry, and trout.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace. Its nickname is Symprotevousa, literally "the co-capital", a reference to its historical status as the Symvasilevousa or "co-reigning" city of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, alongside Constantinople. Thessaloniki is located on the Thermaic Gulf, at the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea. It is bounded on the west by the delta of the Axios/Vardar. Thessaloniki is Greece's second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre; it is a major transportation hub for Greece and southeastern Europe, notably through the Port of Thessaloniki.
The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be Greece's cultural capital. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually, while the city also hosts the largest bi-annual meeting of the Greek diaspora.
Thessaloniki was the 2014 European Youth Capital.
The city of Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon. An important metropolis by the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire.
It was conquered by the Ottomans in 1430, and passed from the Ottoman Empire to Greece on November 8, 1912.
Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments, including the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as several Roman, Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish structures.
The city's main university, Aristotle University, is the largest in Greece and the Balkans..
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Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years, and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th
and 7th century BC.
A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent, and in particular the Romans.
The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.
Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery.
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