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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Voar Alto on November 22, 2012

Great capture.LK: Greetings,Eduardo.

Christos Theodorou on November 22, 2012

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Panozzo 64 on November 23, 2012

Very interesting description and good photo as well!!

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carmine antonio on November 23, 2012

la citta' di MAGNUs AleXandros, il grande condottiero Macedone:LIKE*FAVORITE. saluti cordiali da Carmine Antonio.

Christos Theodorou on November 23, 2012

Many thanks to all of you for your recent visits and your kind comments. Friendly greetings from Athens - Christos / Je vous rémercie tous pour votre récentes visites et les commentaries. Amitiés d’ Athènes - Christos. / Muchas gracias a todos ustedes para sus recientes visitas y tus amables comentarios. Respecto desde Atenas – Christos / Molte grazie a tutti voi per le vostre visite ed i vostri commenti recenti gentili. Saluti da Atene – Christos / Vielen Dank an euch alle für Ihren letzten Besuche und Ihre Kommentare. Freundliche Grüße aus Athen – Christos / Ευχαριστώ θερμά όλους σας για τις πρόσφατες επισκέψεις και τα σχόλια σας. Χαιρετισμούς από Αθήνα - Χρήστος.

Zwischenrast on November 23, 2012

Very nice interesting -- like 56 , greetings vita

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Hansi_2010 on November 23, 2012

Curiosas e interesantes ruinas. Excelente foto. Like. Saludos, Juanjo

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Godo Nikolov on November 23, 2012

Very interesting place and nice photo. Like. Greetings from Bulgaria.

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Bach Quatre on November 23, 2012

Very beautiful picture. Like.

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mackedwars on November 23, 2012

Amigo Christos Theodorou, bellisimo yacimiento arqueológico. Una excelente imagen.

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Muy cordiales saludos de Eduardo, desde Spain.

Christos Theodorou on November 23, 2012

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luky99ful on November 24, 2012

Thanks for this beautiful photo and notite.A was interesting, Like, Luky.

tatranka7 on November 24, 2012

Very interesting historic place, wonderful view

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Stathis Chionidis on November 24, 2012

Ομορφη ματια και ληψη Χρηστο.χαιρετισμους ΣτΑθης

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SergeyS-73 on November 24, 2012

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