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an ancient land full of beauty
Sightseeing in Pieria
Discover the Region of Pieria, an area rich in attractions of great historical and archaeological interest to the visitor. These attractions range from the wealth of findings at the Neolithic Settlement in Makrigialos through the remains of Pydna to the ruins of the City of Dion and the Castle at Platamonas. Monasteries and Churches are to be found in abundance, bearing witness to the extensive history of our area.
Ancient City of Dion
Discover the holy ancient city on the slopes of Olympus, a mere 5 km from the beaches of Pieria,the benowned Dion. Philip II and Alexander the Great organized in Dion triumphal celebrations and sacrifices in honor of the Zeus and the Muses.
In the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus in DION, Alexander the Great offered magnificent sacrifices before starting his campaign in Asia.
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...
The Festival of Olympus has been established here for 30 years now, and is the summit of the year's cultural activities. It embraces Pieria, Macedonia and Thessalia and has the widest range of cultural activities in the Balkans.
The programme includes productions of plays from the Ancient and Modern Greek and Foreign repertoire, ballet, classical and folk concerts, as well as talks on the archaeological significance of the area.
Olympus National Park
Olympus is internationally known as for its important ecological characteristics and incomparable natural beauty as well as for its strong relationship with ancient Greek mythology. The importance of the National Park has been recognized not only in Greece and Europe but all over the world. In 1981 UNESCO declared “Olympus a Biosphere Reserve”. The European Community has included Olympus in the list of “The Most Important Bird areas of the European Community”.
OLYMPUS GEOLOGICAL HISTORY MUSEUM
In the OLYMPUS Geological History Museum we can follow the evolution of Mount Olympus through geological time .
The museum includes exhibits such as minerals and rocks from Mount Olympus as well as fossils from the surrounding area,
and they are especially interesting to those who are interested in finding out about the evolution of the fauna and flora of the area.
in the museum the visitor can see and learn how GLACIERS have affected Mount OLympus, how the mountain is affected by erosion and how caves (KARST) are formed.
Vergina- Macedonia -Greece!
Vergina!.. 94km from Litochoro(Olympus)- Tomb of Philip II, father of ALEXANDER THE GREAT.
Macedonia: Visiting Alexander the Great at Home.
Vergina is best known as the site of ancient Aigai (Αἰγαί, latinized Aegae), the first capital of Macedon. It was here in 336 BC that Philip II was assassinated in the theatre and Alexander the Great was proclaimed king. Aigai has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status as "an exceptional testimony to a significant development in European civilization, at the transition from classical city-state to the imperial structure of the Hellenistic and Roman periods".
The site was discovered in 1976, and excavated during the 1977/8 season
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