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MOUNT ATHOS

A World Heritage Site and an autonomous state, Mount Athos includes 20 orthodox monasteries.
Athon in Greek mythology is one of the Titans who fought with the ancient gods. At Athon, Titanomach flew a huge rock against Neptune, who fell into the sea and created Mount Athona.

According to the tradition, as the Virgin Mary traveled to Cyprus with John the Baptist to visit Lazaros, the boat he was flying from was out of the way and both were found in Athos.

ANCIENT STAGEIRA

Ancient Stageira is one of the most important cities of ancient Chalkidiki and is close to the current Olympiad. It was founded in 655 BC by Ionian settlers and is the place where the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle was born in 385 BC. Stagira participated in the 1st Athenian alliance and later in the Halkidian Community.
Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, flattened the city during the war of Olynthos in 349 BC. and rebuilt it in the name of Aristotle, whom he deeply appreciated. According to other sources, the city was probably rebuilt by Alexander the Great himself

THE PURPOSE OF THE OFFER IN OURANOUPOLI

Ouranoupolis is the city that welcomes the pilgrims and prepares them for their spiritual journey to Mount Athos, and so its name. The Tower of Prosforion, the largest monumental building of Chalkidiki, was built in 1344 by the Vatopedi Monastery to protect Ouranoupoli from pirates and was funded by Byzantine Emperor Andronikos II.

In May 1379, the domestikos of Thessaloniki, Ioannis Palaiologos, was hosted in the tower.

Later, the tower hosted migrants from Asia Minor in 1924.

Today, the tower is a museum that hosts exhibitions of Byzantine art.

PARK OF ARISTOTLE IN STAGEIRA

Aristotle, the world-renowned ancient philosopher, whose theories influenced the course of history and shaped the modern world, was born in Stagira in 384 BC.

Aristotle studied logic, metaphysics, physics, ethics, political philosophy, zoology, psychology, literature, and aesthetics. He was a student of Plato and a teacher of Alexander the Great.

OTHER LOCAL SITES

  • Amouliani: a small island with golden sandy beaches, restaurants and the famous beach of “Alykes”.
  • Ouranoupolis: A village full of life, ideal for a night walk or dinner.
  • Zygos Monastery: The oldest monastery on the third leg of Halkidiki, located just before the border of Mount Athos, just 2 kilometers outside Ouranoupolis, was founded in the beginning of the 10th century.

LOCAL MUSEUMS

  • Ierissos Cultural Center: Hosted by a 3D cinema that guides the visitor to the monasteries of Mount Athos. The Center also hosts an exhibition space.
  • Historical-Folklore Museum of Arnea: Presents photographic material from the village’s life, objects and tools. Some of them are utensils, crates, agricultural and beekeeping tools, the first radio in Arnea, coffee sets, woodworking tools, the famous woven fabrics of Arnea and others.