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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Loszmann Ágnes on November 25, 2012

Beautiful historical place. Like/68 Greetings, Ágnes

Christos Theodorou on November 25, 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.

Popi Braga on November 25, 2012

Perfect photograph with an excellent historical commentary. Like69. Ciao! Popi

Lancil8 on November 25, 2012

Beautiful place & interesting explanation... Like70 :O) Have a nice week, my friend, Christos! Warmest greetings & ciao from Italy to Athens, Lancil8.

Christos Theodorou on November 25, 2012

Popi Braga

Lancil8


Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

Moni Quayle on November 25, 2012

Hello Christos, amazing old architecture, wonderful photo. LIKE71. Greetings and a nice evening to you , moni

Christos Theodorou on November 25, 2012

Moni Quayle - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

Filippo Bilotti on November 26, 2012

HOLA,Christos.


Esta fotografia merece el LIKE 72,Bella esta imagen!!!


Un gran saludo desde Caracas, Venezuela.


kyrd on November 26, 2012

εξαιρετική λήψη Χρήστο

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Alexkarl on November 26, 2012

Wonderful historical place, great capture. Thanks for sharing. LIKE!!!

Best wishes Alexandra & Karl-Heinz

Christos Theodorou on November 26, 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

Zlatan Olić on November 26, 2012

privlačno i zanimljivo

Christos Theodorou on November 26, 2012

Zlatan Olić - Sorry, but I can't translate. Many thanks for your visit.

Tuấn CaNon on November 27, 2012

Very nice photo and nice place

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Greetings from Vietnam

Ildikó Fehérváry on November 27, 2012

Beautiful ancient ruins, nice place!

LIKE!

Best regards, Ildikó

Christos Theodorou on November 27, 2012

Tuấn CaNon

ildiko44


Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

Brigitte Uras on November 28, 2012

beau point de vue ! belle photo ! like - Brigitte

Christos Theodorou on November 28, 2012

Brigitte Uras - Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire - Amitiés d’ Athènes

Jesus Miguel Ballero… on November 29, 2012

fantastic place

nice pic

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mauro1968 on November 29, 2012

Meraviglioso scatto di notevole interesse storico e culturale, LIKE 80! Sinceri saluti e sempre complimenti per le tue foto, MAURO :-)

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