MACEDONIA

Alexandra the Great

Birthplace and land of Alexander the Great.

The Macedonia region is renowned for its beauty, fertility and diversity, boasting ski slopes in the mountains, vineyards in the foothills and beaches along the coast. It became the centre of one of world’s greatest empires from the mid 4th century BC through to the rise of the Roman empire. The death of Cleopatra, a direct descendant of one of Alexander’s generals, Ptolemy, in 31 BC, marks the end of the Hellenistic Age. This region also provides the opportunity to explore the Byzantine phase of Greek history, starting with the rich and diverse metropolis of Thessaloniki and the monasteries of Meteora.

Literature & History:

Exploring the region allows anyone fascinated with Alexander the Great to better understand how he was able to build such a vast empire in such a brief period. Since few contemporary historical texts have survived detailing his accomplishments, the challenge arises to piece it together yourself through reading secondary sources and visiting the sites and museums yourself. Here is your opportunity to become an amateur archaeologicalist!

The monasteries of Meteora

Vergina in Central Macedonia.

Attractions:

  • Archaeological sites of Pella and Vergina, home of the royal tomb of Alexander’s father, Phillip II.
  • Oristotle’s Lyceum near Naoussa.
  • The cities of Veria and Thessanoliki from the eolithic to lassical, Hellenistic and Byzantine periods.
  • The monasteries of Meteora are in this region and can be visited together with the sites pertaining to Phillip II and Alexander the Great.

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