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Porto Lagos

Porto Lagos

Porto Lagos is a fishing village built on the narrow peninsula that separates the lake Vistonida from the sea. According to tradition, at the head of Vistonida were stables for horses of Diomedes, king of the indigenous perspective of Vistones. The archaeological excavations revealed remains of a Byzantine settlement, perhaps Poroi. In the second half of the 19th century, Porto Lagos was an important port in the Thrace. It is 24km. southeast of Xanthi. It worths to see the Vistonida wetland, which is protected by the Ramsar Convention and has a rich bird life, and the Monastery of St. Nicholas, which is built on an island in the lake, which is connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge.


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Eressos, the birthplace of Sappho

Eressos, the birthplace of Sappho

Eressos is one of the most famous towns, known for its history and its beauty, situated to the southwest part of the island. The village Eressos is built four kilometres from the sea, among arid and volcanic mountains. It is a village that maintains its traditional character intact. The wonderful mansions that decorate the village reveal the economic and cultural development of the village.A straight road of 4 kilometres, that passes through the green plain of Eressos with the rich gardens, the abundant waters and the beautiful country houses takes us to Scala Eressou and to its famous beach (three kilometres long) which is the ornament of the area. In the past Sigri had been a port protected by the small islands to its west, from which the biggest is Nisiopi, as well as by the small fortress, which is by the sea. Today it is a very well organised summer resort frequented by many tourists, with many beautiful beaches and fresh fish. The sunset in Sigri is an enchanting and unforgettable spectacle, as we watch the sun "diving" into the waters of the Aegean Sea.


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Syros, an ideal place

Syros, an ideal place

The seafaring town! A significant presence in the Aegean. Ermoupoli was born and forged in the flames of the National Revolution of 1821 from refugees who fled Chios, Psara, Kydonia, Kassos, etc., when extensive massacres were perpetrated by the Turks. The Aegean was shocked with the cries of uprooted people looking for a new home. And then, the best shelter was found. Syros! It was the ideal place.The island had nοt been touched by war. It was free and protected by a great European power, France. The first refugees were dirt poor and dressed in rags, but they were rich in experience and knowledge. Very soon, alreadγ ίn the years of Capodistria, the first Governor of Greece, the new town begins a peaceful and productive revolution that will lead it to prosperity. The town was dedicated to Hermes, the god of gainful commerce. Ιη the 19th century the town became the most important commercial and shipping centre of liberated Greece. "Ιn Ermoupolis, Greece was reborn..." Eleftherios Venizelos once said. The economic prosperity of Ermoupoli was accompanied by social evolution and cultural flowering. In the city of Kerdood and Scholarly Hermes as well, a genuine Greek urban class was created for the first time. It generated a lively social and literary activity. Cultural centres, theatres, concert halls, clubs, charitable institutions, printing shops, libraries and a particularly diverse press pushed Ermoupolis forward. The town's name went beyond the boundaries of the Aegean and was heard in the salons of Europe. The radiance of the city's wealth and spirit created the first tourist flow towards Greece.


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Kalymnos, the real island experience

Kalymnos, the real island experience

This island is the home of the Greek sponge divers. All, of course, the Dodecanese are world known as a place of sponge divers, the best in the world. But, Karpathos, Kassos, Nisyros, Symi, Halki, and above all Kalymnos are the main nurseries of the diving activity spread across the eastern Mediterranean. But they have carried their art, even in America, in the Gulf of Mexico. Also in Florida, in the United States, have founded the city of Tarpon Springs, who live mainly people from Kalymnos, and other Dodecanese Greek-Americans and others who continue the tradition of virtuosos divers. The Dodecanese divers are not only used for sponge fishing, but for every job. The Italian expert Domenico Mantzolani says with admiration that a diver on the island of Symi, George Kangi, in 1913 passed a loop to the anchor of an Italian warship that had been cut down to the bottom. The one diver without diving suit, had managed to stay in bed for 3 minutes and 5 seconds! Each year, approximately 40 to 50 units of fishing boats, with crews of up to 800 to 1,000 sailors, ranging from the islands and especially from Kalymnos and head to the coast of Africa, especially in Tunis and Libya. To achieve the Sponge charged farewell, in Kalymnos are taking place two-day celebrations, which begin with the blessing of the ship and ends with the "Feast of Love". In those celebrations are taking part all the inhabitants of the island. In recent decades, divers of the Dodecanese dive "naked", ie without wearing special protective diving suit and learned their craft in an empirical way. Now they use special protective suits and other modernized equipment, while training at the National Diving School of Kalymnos.


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Kalambaka, a city built below the rock of the Meteora

Kalambaka, a city built below the rock of the Meteora

kalambaka hotels : Every year, millions of visitors come from all over the world in order to admire and honour Meteora. If its needed, they stay at Kalampaka and Kastraki. Kalampaka is a city of rich history and important monuments. The one of the greatest importance is the Holy Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary that is at the north-eastern part of the city under the very high rock of Aea. The city of Kalampaka is built on the feet of the Meteora and it is at the left side of the river Pinios at the point that it enters the plain of Thessaly. It is the starting place for those visitors who wish to be familiar with the monuments and the magnificent sites of Aspropotamos of Hasia, of Koziakas and especially of the Meteora. The city of Kalampaka is the capital of the homonymous province that takes up the north-western part of the prefecture of Trikala. There, one can find nice hotels, modern campings, restaurants, tourist shops, etc. The ancient name of the city was Aeginion. This is how it is mentioned in the Hellenistic and Roman years because of the great importance of its position. The name Aeginion is witnessed from an enshrined inscription on the wall that is at the eastern part of the church of Saint John the Baptist. At the beginning of the 10th century (901-907) Kalampaka of today is mentioned as Stagi, a name that is reserved until today as a Metropolitan title. Many travellers passed through Kalampaka from the ancient years until today and they refer to it by the name Aeginion or by the name Stagi or by its present name Kalampaka. At the north-eastern part of the city exists the picturesque neighbourhood of Sopotos, under the rock of the Holy Trinity (east) and the rock of Alsos (north). In the city there are many small churches -country chapels of post Byzantine age. In fact, many of them have admirable hagiographies.The cathedral church of Saint Vissarion is constructed in the honour of Saint Metropolitan of Larissa, who was the founder and the owner of the Monastery of Dusikos. The church has been hagiographied entirely by John Albanis. The Byzantine church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary is the most important and most imposing monument of Kalampaka which constitutes a point of reference and adoration for all the faithful people. Despite the significant efforts that have been materialised, it is obvious the abandonment on behalf of the people in change for the systematic maintenance of the temple and the environmental space, too. Let us hope that UNESCO, the European Community and mostly the Greek state will be interested in the maintenance of this appreciable monument of Orthodoxy before it is too late. The church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, which is found in the old city, was erected between the 10th and the 11th century on the ruins of an old Christian "basilica" church. The order (way of building) is "trikliti" (triforium) basilica of mixed type "it has very high and lit the intermediate "klitos" (aisle) of the narthex and the "trivilo". The outer narthex was added in the 16th century. In the southern wall there are surrounded with wall externally a lot of ancient parts of bas-reliefs (rodakes representations wrought in relief, signs, capes etc.), as well as old Christian sculpture with a vine-shoot. From the sculpture decoration of the Byzantine basilica, the oldest is the marble "kivorio" (tomb) of the Holy Altar found in the Sanctuary. Special interest presents the unique in Greece marble pulpit that imposingly is raised at the centre of the intermediate "klitos" in front of the Holy Gate. It has been reconstructed to its biggest part from architectural parts of the old pulpit. The murals of the church are dated from the 12th until the 16th century and are of exceptional interest. A lot of murals were created in 1573 by priest Kiriazis and by Neofytos, son of the eminent painter Theofanis from Crete. The most important of the temples portable pictures is the both sides painted picture, which on the one side portrays the Assumption of Virgin Mary and on the order the Christs Crucifixion. The two now separate, pictures after the theft and their restoration are kept in the Varlaam Monastery of the Meteora. The wood carved temple of the church belongs to the appreciable work of the post Byzantine wood carving and it was created during the 17th century. In a little depth on the front left part of the main temple, part of a mosaic flooring had been revealed. As we enter the temple on the northern wall of the inner narthex they are written, with capital letters writing, the "golden bull" of the Emperor Andronikos c Paleologos 1336 with which the borders of the Bishopric of Stagi are determined and privileges are granted, as well as the "sigilio" (the Patriarchs edict) of the Ecumenical "universal". Patriarch Antonios D 1393 with which the privileges of the Bishopric of Stagi - that various emperors of Byzantium had granted occasionally are renewed. Impressive and imposing is also the churchs bell tower, found on the northern side of the entrance in the grounds of the church.


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Destination Lake Plastira

Destination Lake Plastira

Lake Plastira belongs to the prefecture of Karditsa and is known as one of the best winter destinations in Greece. The creation of a work of Nicholas Plastiras from which it got its name. This idea is a holiday resort that was cultivated in his mind in 1926, became a reality in our time we see the result of a growing enviable destination.


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Kos, the island of Hippocrates

Kos, the island of Hippocrates

Kos island has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Originally colonized by the Kares, it was when the Dorians came in the 11th century B.C. the Persians invaded, but they were expelled by the joint efforts of the Athenian Federation 21 years later. The island saw great development in the 4th century B.C., especially after the building of their beautiful new city in 366 B.C., where the modern city is now situated. After a brief occupation by a Persian General, Kos again prospered under the auspices of Alexander the Great. Unfortunately, during the period of the Roman Empire, its libraries and other treasures were looted. But it saw new heights with the coming of the Byzantine Empire.Later conquered by the Venetians, Kos was sold to the Knights of Saint John in 1306. They ruled it for 200 years, until their abandonment of it to the Turks. The Turkish occupation lasted for almost four hundred years, until 1912, when the Italians took over. Germany, too, came to occupy Kos until the end of Word War II when the British arrived as guardians. Kos is known throughout the world as the birthplace of Hippocrates. He is known as the father of medicine (460 B.C.), because until he rescued it from the priests and charlatans, it was not a science but practice of magic and sorcery. He introduced and systematically classified new methods for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and described conditions, which are today named for modern scientists. The Hippocratic Oath established his as the greatest medical Mind of the time, and the Oath is considered the most significant of his writings. Even today, doctors throughout the world take this sacred vow which binds them to art of healing. One of the most remarkable archaeological sites of the island is the Asklepion, possibly the best and certainly the most renowned hospital of its time. Its famous spa, with running mineral waters, was used to treat skin diseases. Only the foundations and some pillars have remained from the splendor of the Temple of Asklepios, as well as pillars of the arcade that is thought to have been part of Hippocrates Medical School. Also surviving the millenia is the plane tree of Hippocrates tutored his students under the shade of its rich foliage. The International Hippocratic Institute was recently built near the Asklepion as a public welfare foundation whose aim is the realization of the Hippocratic principles of humanized medicine. World-renowned cultural and medical personalities and institutions. In fact the Museum of Medicine has recently begun to function, with noteworthy exhibitions, collections of books, stamps, coins and busts related to Hippocrates.


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Orestiada Evros

Orestiada Evros

Orestiada is located in the northern part of Evros and is 977 km from Athens, 464 km from Thessaloniki and 115 km from Alexandroupolis. It has 14783 inhabitants, 41 villages and 25 communities. The entire city was built after 1923 in order to house Greek refugees from Adrianople, and in particular the suburb Karagats or Orestiada of the west bank of Evros river, which came to Turkey by the Treaty of Lausanne. For this reason it was originally named New Karagats or New Orestiada. It is a characteristic example of refugee settlement with a simple urban design and large vertical streets and squares. In 1923, the town became the seat of the homonymous province, in which incorporated villages which until then belonged administratively to Adrianople. In 1946, the community of Orestiada became a municipality and its population is growing until today. Evros River is the eastern boundary between Greece and Turkey. It comes from the Rila mountain in Bulgaria and flowing southeast tributary of the Thracian Sea. Entering Greece from Ormenio, a small part of it, and it is the natural border between Greece and Bulgaria. From New Vissa to its mouth, it is the border line between Greece and Turkey. Its total length is 530chlm., from which 230km. belong to Greek territory. It is one of the largest rivers of the Balkan peninsula. Its tributaries are Erythropotamos in Greece, Ardas in Greece and Bulgaria, Tountzas in Bulgaria and Turkey and Erginis in Turkey. The landscape of the river Evros from Dereio to the sea, presents a wide variety of habitats rich in flora and fauna. Notable are the forest Dadia - Lefkimi - Soufli, the canyons and forests in the areas Circe - Avantas - Aisymis, as well as the area of the river Ardas. In the area of the river, there are measured 36 protected or endangered species of mammals (including Vidra, jackal and wild cat), 10 species of birds (including the Black Stork, the Eagle and White-tailed) and 17 species of reptiles and amphibians.


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