NOMOS PELLAS - EDESSA
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This is the old, picturesque town full of small and large canals which criss-cross it, covered with myriads of bridges, with clean air, tree strewn streets and beautiful squares are just some of the points that make this town unique in the whole of Greece.
Outside this town, we find the county of Galavi>tissa, full of pine and plane forests providing the clean air, thousand of Greeks come to Edessa to enjoy.
In Edessa we find the chapel of Metam>rfosi (transfiguration) and the open air theater sitting 2500 people, used in the summer when the weather is warm and inviting. One of the areas called the area of Pasha Tsair (from the turkish ruler of previous epochs), also hosts a fish processing factory (for Perch - an important fish of the Greek rivers and lakes) and soccer stadiums.
Edessa was the capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia. During the 5th century B.C., King Arhelaos, moved his capital to P,lla, where in 382 B.C., King Filip was born, the father of Alexander the Great.
Edessa is served with buses from Athens (10 hours daily - tel: 01/ 512 9308) and Thesaloniki (1h 50' - tel: 031/515380). It is also served by railway from both Athens and Thesalononiki (it takes 1 30' from Thesaloniki - tel: 031/517517).
Sites in Edessa include the Folk museum, the waterfalls that are found everywhere, the tourist center, the church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Kímisi tis Theotókou) which contains beautiful wall paintings. In the center of the town is the six-sided town clock, which was hand-built by craftsmen during the Turkish occupation. In addition, the Tzam- of Edessa which is now a Museum and the house of Men,laou Lou, after whom are named the yearly street fairs (held at the end of May) are also well worth seeing.
A site of spas with cures for rheumatism are found here, North West of Edessa, very near the border to the Macedonian Republic. Enclosed swimming pools, as well as open pools abound, situated amongst forests. The temperature of the water is naturally held at about 25-30 C (about 75-85 F).
Here is the statue of Capitan Agra, who was one of the chiefs of the rebellion forces against the Bulgarians and Turkish occupying forces in the early years of this century.
Here was the Capital of Macedonia in ancient times. The town came into its own during the reign of King Philip II and Alexander the Great. Here died the Poet Euripides in 406 B.C. Pella was conquered by the Romans in 168 B.C., and slowly gave way to Thesaloniki as the Capital. Many ruins are in evidence including the mosaic clad 'House of the Lion,' and other sights. The town must have had two Acropolis (a la Athens), and a Museum is open near the ancient ruins.
Neon, 0384/91300 (Apr-Oct)
Avra, 0384/91388 (June-Oct)
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