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Chora of Samothraki

Chora of Samothraki

Chora of Samothrace is a traditional preserved settlement with special color, built in the slope of Mount Saos. Its picture is composed by beautiful cobbled streets, small squares and houses with tiled roofs. Some attractions worth a visit are the medieval castle, the Church of the Assumption from 1875, the Municipal Library and Cultural Center.


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Santorini, a famous island

Santorini, a famous island

Santorini is an island located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of mainland Greece. It is also known as Thira and is the southernmost member of the group of Cyclades islands with a population of 13,670 residents. Santorini is essentially what remains of a massive volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient settlement existed on the island and led to the current geological caldera. The breathtaking natural beauty, with a dynamic nightlife, have made the island one of the famous tourist destinations. A giant central lagoon is surrounded by high cliffs on three sides. On the fourth side, the lagoon is separated from the sea by another much smaller island called Thirassia. The lagoon merges with the sea in two places in the northwest and southwest. The water in the middle of the lagoon is about 400 meters depth, thus it is a safe haven for all kinds of shipping. All the ports of the island are on the side of the lagoon and there are ports on the outer perimeter of the island. The capital, Fira, is at the top of the cliff and is looking the lagoon.In the island was one of the largest volcanic eruptions has ever seen the planet: the Minoan eruption (sometimes is called the Thera eruption), which occurred about 3600 years ago. The explosion left a large caldera, which is surrounded by volcanic ash and can be linked indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on Crete, 110 km to the south, from the creation of a giant tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the explosion of Thera is the source of the myth of Atlantis. Santorini was united with Greece in 1912. The major settlements therein are: Fira, Oia, Emporio, Kamari, Perissa, Imerovigli, Pyrgos and Thirassia. Akrotiri is an important archaeological site with ruins from the Minoan era. The island relies on tourism, especially during the summer months. In order  Caldera to continue its being, the island's pumice quarries closed in 1986.


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Drama, a city with long history

Drama, a city with long history

The natural wealth of the city in plenty of running water did not leave anyone unmoved by his passage from this area. Both prehistoric man and one of the historical years organized their lives around the water, making the area of water a connecting factor of the long presence of man in the modern city. The earliest permanent human settlement on the site of present city of Drama was identified after a systematic excavation of the prehistoric settlement of the "Arcadian", south of the park of Saint Barbara. The Neolithic settlement is the first residential heart of the city since the mid-6th millennium BC.Although Drama, in the mid-19th century, is the Capital of a big region, where there axist the administrative center, the army and the courts, it can not compete with the port of Kavala, a hub of the region. Significant changes are made to the city after 1870, when the production and the trade in tobacco cause population growth and strengthening of the commercial traffic. The operation of the railway station by 1895 and the improval of the road network to the port of Kavala connect Drama with the major centers of the empire and maritime trade routes. Large tobacco firms establish branches in Drama, built warehouses, operate banking offices, and England opens consulate in the city. Soon, new neighborhoods are created around the waters of Santa Barbara and west of the walled area to meet the needs of 6000-7000 residents. The new residents, Muslims, Christians and Jews, constitute separate residential cores according to the standards of the Ottoman period. Christians, who constantly reinforced with families from Western Macedonia and in particular Epirus, number at least 200 families in 1880, located within the old walls and south of this area in Santa Barbara. Muslims are located west of the market and settling Jews in the area of the waters of Santa Barbara. The new public buildings of the city and the private residences reflect the economic strength and influence of European standards. The Greek community differs, from 1870 until the liberation, for the economic development, the establishment of Educational Associations, the rebuilding of schools and the charity associations. In the early 20th century, When the population is already 14,000 people and the economic progress is continuing, sporadic violence of an undeclared war are being recorded, the Makedonian race. The Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Drama, the elders and the people of the town organize the defense of the Greek community.


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The border Thrace

The border Thrace

Occupying a prime location, Thrace, with a major contribution to the shaping of Greek mythology, was inhabited by the utmost antiquity. Main geographical features of this gifted by nature region is the Rhodope Mountains, Mount Saos of Samothrace, large forests, fertile plains, rivers such as the Evros and Nestos, lakes Vistonida and Ismarida. The visitor is impressed by the famous archaeological sites, the byzantine, medieval and ottoman monuments, the fine examples of folk architecture, the harmonious coexistence of Christian and Muslim tradition.Thrace is an area of 8,578 sq. km. and a population of 345,709 inhabitants. It is divided into the prefectures of Evros, Xanthi and Rodopi. In Thrace belongs the island of Samothrace, which is a special province of Evros Prefecture. The climate of Thrace is continental, but generally healthy except for the river Evros, which is very fluid. Financially, Thrace is a rural area. It cultivates mainly cereals and tobacco, which is world renowned and is one of the greatest sources of wealth in Greece. It has valuable livestock and there is a good exploitation of the forests.


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Grevena Prefecture

Grevena Prefecture

The prefecture of Grevena is in the region of Western Macedonia with capital the city called Grevena. It borders with the prefecture of Ioannina to the west, the prefecture of Kastoria in the northwest, with the prefecture of Kozani in the north, the prefecture of Larissa in the southeast with the prefecture of Trikala in the south.The population of the prefecture of Grevena is about 38000 inhabitants and the distance from Athens is 400 km and from Thessaloniki is 163 km. Much of the county is a mountainous surrounded by mountains to the west Lygkos, Chasia in the southwest and northeast Vourinos. The longest river in the country, Aliakmonas passes through the county and specifically the central and northeastern part of the county. The local economy is based mainly on agriculture. Livestock is also developed. Equally important is the contribution of rural tourism and ecotourism and the timber industry. The ski resort of Vasilitsa gathers every year thousands of visitors and is a lifeline for the local economy.


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Kythnos, an island ideal for relaxing holidays

Kythnos, an island ideal for relaxing holidays

Kythnos probably took its name from the leader of Dryops and first inhabitant of the island, Kythnos, although his existence is doubtful. Another possibility is that its name comes from the stem "kyth", which derives from the verb keptho (hide) and refers to the place where one can hide, probably a place with woods, valleys, caves or mines. Recent excavations at Maroulas area have brought to light findings which prove that the island was inhabited during the Mesolithic Period, that is it may have been the oldest settlement of man on Cyclades. In the 13th century B.C., according to Herodotus, the Dryops emigrated to the island, traces of whom are the Cyclopean walls and the temples they have left behind. The Ions were the next to inhabit the island. In the Kinthean Republic, Aristotle refers to the ideal state those peoples had created.During the Persian Wars, Kythnos participates with one trireme and soon after it becomes member of the Athenian Alliance. Later it becomes part of the Roman state and afterwards it is included in the Aegean Theme by the Byzantines. During the Venetian domination it is conquered by the noble Marko Sanoudo and it is called Thermia, because of its hot (therma) spring waters. Then it comes under the rule of the Castelli family and later on the family of Gozadini. It remains under the rule of the family even after the looting of the pirate Barbarossa (1537), because of the peace treaty that was signed between the Turks and the Venetians, while during the Russian-Turkish war it is conquered by the Russians. In 1827, the island is called Kythnos again and takes part in the fight against the Turks. During the reign of Othona, rebels and political prisoners were exiled to Kythnos. In 1862 rebels from Syros came to the island to free the prisoners and clashed with the government’s army at the bay of St. Irini. The outcome of the clash was the repression of the rebels and the death of the rebels Leotsakos, Moraetinis, Scravelis and other exiles. Today, the people of Kythnos are in tourism business, without having abandoned other occupations such as agriculture and fishing. They offer to the visitor the perfect combination of the Cycladic scenery, the crystal clear waters, the local products (meat, dairy products, fruit, vegetables) and the fresh fish out of their own fishing boats.


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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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Ithaca, an island tradition and history

Ithaca, an island tradition and history

Vathi, which is protected from the winds in the homonymous bay is the islands capital. At the southern part of the island, 5 klm. away from Vathi, the visitor arrives at Perahori, a mainland community. To the northern part of the island there are two roads. The first one goes through Anogi, a mountainous village on Mount Nirito whereas the second, parallel to the coast, goes through Lefki, picturesque village 13 klm. from Vathi.Ithaki has been inhabited since the Neolithic period (4000-3000 BC) and since the following millennium (3000-2000 BC) there are organized settlements on the island as witnessed by the ruins of settlements, streets and walls found in Pilikata area and the finds in Loizos Cave. The origins of the islands first inhabitants are unknown. In the beginning, the population was gathered at the northern part of the island and, around 1500 BC, people move towards Vathi. This transfer is the beginning of a prosperous period in the islands life. The state of Cephalines is founded, having Ithaki as capital and including the surrounding islands and part of the neighbouring mainland coast.


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