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Lemnos, the island of Hephaestus

Lemnos, the island of Hephaestus

According to the mythology, the Jupiter in his conflict with the Ira, flew his son Ifaistos from Olympus mountain in the ground of Limnos. Ifaistos installed there his laboratory and taught the art of metallurgy in the residents of the island. Another important fable of the island refers to the first king of Lemnos, Thoas. Thoas, son of god Dionyssos and Ariadnis, married to Mirina from Iolkos and had a daughter named Ipsipili. In his years, the women of island neglected the adoration of Venus so she punished them with an intolerable bodily stench. Their spouses brought concubines from the Thrace and their women for revenge killed all men by throwing them from the cape Petasos. When the anger of Venus calmed down, Jason with his Argonauts came to the woman-handled island.Here in Anemoessa Limnos, the Queen Ipsipili entertained the Argonauts, and in order to honor them she set up prizes and organized games. The first Demigods Pentathletes were Telamonas, Lygkeas, Zitis, Kalahis and Pileas. Pentathlon became an Olympic Sport since 708 BC in the 18th Olympic Games. The unique place of the island in the North-East Aegean opposite Ellispontos determined his historical course. Limnos was colonized occasionally by Sinties, Kares, Cretes, Minies and Pelasgous. The archaeological hoe determines the way that the island had been populated since middle Neolithic Age. The most important prehistoric settlement is Poliochni. It was founded at 4th millennium BC and developed into a fortified state – the oldest perhaps in Europe – with urban structure and important culture, with the first democratic chamber of deputies. In Poliochni, on September 17 1994, the agents of Aegean, invited by the Ministry of Culture, 70 personalities from a lot of countries of the world, persons of science, Politics, Actors, Philosophers, men of Art and Intellect, decided and signed the Statement of Poliochni, gazing the immense light blue sea and they nominated the Archipelago of Aegean as Cultural Park of Europe. Limnos, as well as the neighbouring Samothrace, is connected with the mystic adoration of Kaveires, sons of Hephaestus. Remains of Kaveires’s holy have been found in Northeast Island. Few kilometres southern has been discovered Hephaestia, a city dedicated to Hephaestus that flourished in 5th century BC.


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Evros Prefecture

Evros Prefecture

In the northeastern tip of the country, Evros Prefecture has an impressive biodiversity, areas of unique natural beauty (Delta of Evros, forest of Dadia, Samothrace, etc), interesting archaeological sites and monuments dating from prehistoric times to the Ottoman Period (including scattered prehistoric sites, ancient Thracian burial, Paleopolis Samothrace, archaeological site Mesimvria - Zoni, famous Roman and Ottoman monuments), rich culture and remarkable tourist infrastructure. Evros borders to the North - Northwest with Bulgaria, to the east with Turkey, to the West with Rhodopes, and to the South with the Aegean Sea.


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Simi

Simi

Today, Simi continues giving her stain. The picture radically has changed and the island is continuously developing. The recovery came with the growth of tourism, which constitutes the basic activity of residents. The visitor can admire the best preserved modern-classic settlement in the Hellenic space, which from 1972 has been declared as reservable. Particular pole of attraction for the visitors of the island is the well-known Monastery of Archangel Micheal of Panormitis, built in the beautiful bight, Panormos, from which it took its name.Daily, most months of the year, daily excursions of tourists are organised in the island with passenger boats from the Mantraki of Rhodes. The needs are covered with enviable plenitude, since the tourist infrastructure is found in very satisfactory level. There are many hotels and even more traditional houses, which are offered for the stay of hundreds of tourists that are bewitched by the natural beauties of this place. The shops, where the most people are gathered, cafeterias, bar, restaurants leave a particular sense, since stone and wood, the most usual materials of layout, give their own atmosphere. The carefree summer morning invites seductively anyone, to know Pedi, Nanou, the Agios Georgios and the other stunning beaches of Simi with their wild beauty. Small boats that make daily the circumnavigation, have programmed also this.


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Athens - A Few Words about its History

Athens - A Few Words about its History

The chronicle will take you from the Neolithic period, where according to the archeological findings it is estimated that the first organizing attempts of the city were made, at Pelasgus, by the first habitants which on 1400B.C. began fortifying Acropolis mountain with walls, to the age of Copper and 800B.C, when the final union of Athens into an integrated country took place, and there, for the first time, we find the Panathinaia, the leading fest of Athens in honor of god Athina. The “journey” continues with reference to the last king of Athens, Kodro (1068 BC), according to the valuable information of one of the most significant philosophers of all times, Aristotle, moves on to the four tribes the Athenian population was divided into in the 8th-7th century and to 636 B.C., when Cylon, taking advantage of the farmers disappointment, unsuccessfully tried to take over the tyranny with a coop, the wellknown “Cylonian Agos”. In 624 B.C. you will precisely understand what the legislation of Draconta consists of, in 594 B.C. how the opposing parties of the inhabitants and the wealthy of the time, commonly chose Solon to govern, the tyranny of Pisistratos in the mid 6th century B.C., the assassination of Hipparxos in 514 B.C., the significant alterations made by Klisthenis in 508 B.C. which build the grounds for The Athenian Democracy. The Chronicle describes the memory of the Persian king, in 500 B.C., when Athens sent help to the rebelling cities of Ionia. The Athenian courage in the battles of Marathon in 490 B.C. and in Artemisio in 480 B.C., the appearance of the leading role of Athens in 478 B.C., the wellknown victory of Eurimedonda that contributed to the liberation of all the greek cities from the Persian domination. The “gold century” of the Athenian Democracy unfolds before you in the 5th century B.C., a while after Periklis (490-429 B.C.) took charge of the Democratic Party and the First Peloponnesian War came to an end. Then the Acropolis monuments were built.An era in which, if you lived you would get the chance to meet Socrates, the Sophists, and the three great men, for whom you crowd together at the cashier office of the Athens Festival every summer, as well as the Ancient theatre in Epidavros in order to enjoy one of their plays. The Chronicle continues with the conclusion of the unique spiritual and artistic flourish of Athens, because of the Second Peloponnesian War (431-421B.C. and 416-404B.C.), the humiliating Athenian defeat in Sicily by the Lakedemonians, the prosperous period of the Macedonian Dynasty, the Russian domination, during which upon Adriano (117-138B.C.) the temple of Olympian Zeus was completed, the currently preserved aquarium was constructed and the Library was built. An important halt is the year 53B.C., when Apostle Paul educated Christan norms to the Areio Pago, before Stoic and Epicurean philosophers, 396B.C. was a terrible period as Athens fell into the hands of Gothic intruders. The uprising of Ioustiniano (482-565) to the empire throne played an important role in the avoidance of the ancient Greek world, but also from the era of the Emperor Hrakleio (574-640) a long period of obscurity and predatory attacks began for Athens. In 1204 the Crusades entered the Acropolis fort. The Frank occupation was maintained up until 1308, while the Catalanic Company up until 1387. Following Constantinople’s fortune, Athens was occupied in 1456. The era of the Turkish occupation is described in 14 journeys. In the beginning of the 19th century the Chronicle reminds us that in 1800 when Lord Elgin situated himself as an ambassador in Constantinople, invoking on the disasters of the ancient Athenian monuments, violently took away parts of the interior decoration of the temples on the Acropolis Mountain. In 1834 we see how Athens is declared to be the capital of Greece, by an order from the Regency and a year after the first public elections took place which resulted in Anargyro Petrakis being elected as mayor. In 1843 we discover the secrete councils in the house of a significant Greek, Makrigiannis, the great civil and Athenian guard revolution, which lead to the grant of a Constitution. In 1862 we observe the abolishment of Othons kingdom. A year later, we see his succession by George the First. In 1882 and for 15 following years we observe the domination of the leading personality of Harilaos Trikoupis. In 1896 we detect the revival of the Olympic Games in Athens. In the period of 1899-1908 we see the developments made in Athens by the Athenian Mayor Spyros Merkouris. Information on the activities of the greatest political personality of the 20th century Eleutherios Venizelos, whose project, outstanding accomplishments in our national completion and internal achievements as a country, are visible, as the light that surrounds us and are included in the specifics of the modern period. We move on to the period of the internal war, where an English Company resumed the activity of producing electric energy in the entire capital area. The telephones that operated through a phone center were replaced by automatic telephones. In 1928 the first political airport was created in the Delta Falirou area and the airport in the Hellinikon area was founded in 1934. You can also see the dictatorship imposition in 1936 by Ioannis Metaxas, the Second World War, the period of occupation and the political journey that lead to the “Decembriana” and the Varkiza agreemen, the dictatorship of April 21st 1967, the student and civil riot in 1973, the meta-political era up until September 6th 1997, when the International Olympic Games Committee entrusted the Olympic Games of 2004 to Athens.


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Elati Zagori

Elati Zagori

Elati is one of the Zagorochoria village and is located 30 km from Ioannina city, 310 km from Thessaloniki and about 450 Km from Athens.Elati is characterized by its amfitheatric order in the mountain Mitsikeli. It is surrounded by forests and mountains, with enough altitude making its climate excellent!The short distance from the city of Ioannina makes Elati easily accessible from the big city, while its position allows the visitor to discover many nearby villages.


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Macedonia Airport - Flights Schedule

Macedonia Airport - Flights Schedule

Airport MACEDONIA | (info) +30 2310 473212 | (reclaim department) +30 2310 471 560. Also information on the companies aircraft operating to or from Macedonia Airport will find below:OLYMPIC AIRWAYS (Information) - +30 2310 368 311OLYMPIC AIRWAYS (Reservations) - +30 2310 368 666OLYMPIC AIRLINES (Airport) - +30 2310 408 411AEGEAN AIRLINES - +30 2310 239225 - +30 2310 239226ALITALIA - +30 2310 471372 - +30 2310 257707AUSTRIAN AIRLINES - +30 2310 471220JAT - +30 2310 268332SWISS AIRLINES - +30 2310 471481 - +30 2310 471466GOLD AIR - +30 2310 236454CYPRUS AIRWAYS - +30 2310 272531 - +30 2310 228352TAROM - +30 2310 250598CSA - +30 2310 472326


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Nafplio, one of the most historic and beautiful cities in Greece

Nafplio, one of the most historic and beautiful cities in Greece

The lovely little town of Nafplio is situated in the lush Argolida prefecture, which in ancient times was once considered the very center of Greece. Unfortunately though, from about 1600 to 1100 B.C, under the rule of the Mycenaeans, it gradually declined. After that, the Dorians came along and controlled the fate of the region until the conquest of the country by the Romans. When you are there, you may feel like immersing yourself in its history by burrowing into its past. Take time to see some of the sites, whether you are climbing up the 857 steps to the Venetian fortress of Palamidi, which crowns the city, or wandering round the battlements of Acronafpia. Then pop over to the Bourtzi, the fortified islet pictured, afloat in the middle of the bay. You will soon discover a new sight or sensation coming across your path every minute of your walk, for Nafplio is full of the joy of life. While strolling you will discover the quaint little restaurants on the waterfront, the open-air cinemas, the bars and the music that take you closer to the people, the sea and the land. In Syntagma Square, you may also want to check out the Archaeological Museum with its finds from various periods and frescoes from Mycenae and Assini, housed in an imposing Venetian building, while the Folk Art Museum, on Vassilis Alexandrou street which occupies a neoclassical house is also worth a visit as well.


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Florina, a green city

Florina, a green city

Modern Florina is smothered in pale green, that soothes nerves and settles the soul, has excess oxygen for those who visit and enjoy the nice restaurants, the most beautiful desserts and in particular the climate and the hospitality and honest love of its people. Beautiful and stylish hotels, friendly and tame vast forests, magnificent landscapes, beautiful lakes and rivers, traditional villages, parks for wildlife. And then the subtle, unique, delicious cuisine.In Florina, everyone can be satisfied, poets, novelists, climbers, fishermen, walker, eateries, patients. For each one there is something. Florina has something for everyone apart. Prespa offers the unique of its beauty, silence, stretch, rare birds, 282 species that have disappeared from Europe at a special link with the 32 species of flora and fauna of 1600 species and delicious fish at least 11 species, along with trout of St. Germain. Each village has its feast. Then everybody run to celebrate, enjoy and dance. Nobody is left hungry and especially the stranger.


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