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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Martin Beitz on November 30, 2012

Interesting place. Like. Greetings, Martin.

Christos Theodorou on November 30, 2012

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

Ildikó A. on December 1, 2012

Truely interesting scene and shot. LIKE. Best regards, Ildikó

Christos Theodorou on December 1, 2012

Ildikó A. - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

gianluigia on December 2, 2012

LIKE, ciao Gianluigia

Константин Сушко on December 3, 2012

Very beautiful view! L

Christos Theodorou on December 3, 2012

gianluigia

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antal julianna on December 4, 2012

Beautiful old ruins!Like. Greetings,Julianna

Christos Theodorou on December 4, 2012

antal julianna - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

Christos Panagiotou on December 5, 2012

ΥΠΕΡΟΧΗ ΕΙΚΟΝΑ !!! Α86

Christos Theodorou on December 5, 2012

ΧΡΗΣΤΟΣ ΠΑΝΑΓΙΩΤΟΥ - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς

bp1885 on December 6, 2012

Beaitiful historical place!

Greetings,Peti

brigittemeyer on December 6, 2012

Very beautiful and interesting historical place. Thanks for the description ...biglike...
Kind greetings
Brigitte

Christos Theodorou on December 6, 2012

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Alfredo Henriques on December 7, 2012

Boa foto e boa explicação sobre a cidade Christos, lk

Saudações desde Lisboa, Alfredo

Christos Theodorou on December 7, 2012

Alfredo Henriques - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

Oleksandr Mizyn on December 9, 2012

Really impressive place and good frame!

Christos Theodorou on December 9, 2012

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Merz_René on December 9, 2012

Excellent framed place, YSL

Kind regards, René

Christos Theodorou on December 9, 2012

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