Ancient Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.)

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The city of Pella was founded by Archelaus I (413-399 BC) or Amyntas III to become the new capital of the Macedonian state instead of Aiges (Vergina). Pella remained the capital until the overthrow of the Macedonian state by the Romans, who transferred the looted treasures at Rome. Later the town was destroyed by an earthquake and then rebuilt.

The oldest reference we have for Pella is by Herodotus in describing the Persian campaign and by Thucydides in the description of the Macedonian expansion and the war against Sitalkis, king of the Thracians. According to Xenophon, in the beginning of the 4th century BC was the largest city in Makedonia. The town has attracted famous artists of the era, such as the painter Zefxis, the poet Timotheus of Miletus and Euripides, who died there writing his tragedy Archelaus. After the violent death of Archelaus the development of the rule was interrupted. The major work was continued after a few decades by Philip II (360-336 BC).

(translated from Wikipedia by C. Theodorou)


The street plan of Pella is one of the finest among the ancient Greek cities, agora-centered, while the hudge palace, from which very few survive, lies at the foot of the hill.

At the new nuseum of Pella (built at 2009) there are a lot of beautiful mosaics (most of them from the hellenistic period) and findings during the excavations

(text by C. Theodorou)

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Sergey Sm on November 21, 2012

Great photos and interesting place! Like 29! Best wishes!

Christos Theodorou on November 21, 2012

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Mario Vargas G. on November 21, 2012

lot of history there, nice compo with those columns

Raúl Acösta Madrid on November 21, 2012

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Muy buena fotografía.

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fuat yuksek on November 21, 2012

congratulations,greetings

asanloj on November 21, 2012

Hello, dear friend. Excellent shot..LIKE

Bajguz Igor on November 21, 2012

Beautiful photo perfect architectural monument!

Best wishes from St. Petersburg, Igor

Christos Theodorou on November 21, 2012

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mato angel 1 on November 21, 2012

Greece! Ancient beauty and culture!! Best to you my friend...Ray

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mato angel 1 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

Patrice François on November 21, 2012

Bonjour, like...très belle vue...amitiés Patrice

Antonio J. Sánchez on November 21, 2012

Fantástica toma e información. Like Saludos cordiales.

leo1383 on November 21, 2012

Like,beautiful picture and interesting place,greetings Leo

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Mehmet baş on November 21, 2012

Beautiful, nice to see Pella,
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İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on November 21, 2012

Very nice view. Great shot.. LK. Greetings\İsmail

jo.yosi on November 21, 2012

Hello dear Christos Theodorou.

Impressive - Very beautiful.

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