Imathia, Aliakmon river, view from the Monastery of St John the Baptist (Monastery of Timios Prodromos)

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Aliakmonas (Aliakmon) is a river in western Macedonia. It is the longest river in Greece and is located entirely in Greek territory with a total length of 297 km. The river flows from the mountains of Verno, Grammos and Voio, at the country's borders with Albania and flows into the Aegean Sea between Thessaloniki and Katerini, making a delta of 40.000 hectares.

Τhe name Aliakmon is a complex and comes from als (salt, sea) and akmon (anvil). According to Greek mythology Aliakmon was one of the river gods, son of Oceanus and Tithys, in obsessive-beloved allegorical anthropomorphic conception of the ancient Greeks on the geological upheaval after the flood of Deucalion.

An ancient tradition says that what sheeps drank water from Aliakmonas changed color and became white. This tradition is confirmed by a recording of the Latin writer Pliny (AD 23-79), which translated from Latin, it says: "Also in Macedonia, those who wants to have white sheeps must go to Aliakmonas, those who wants to have black sheeps must go to Axios".

(Summary from Wikipedia and translation by C. Theodorou)

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Christos Theodorou on March 10, 2013

Karl Eggenmüller - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Friendly greetings from Athens

Ofenhocker1 on March 10, 2013

Very beautiful shot. L

Christos Theodorou on March 11, 2013

Ofenhocker1 - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Friendly greetings from Athens

Mehmet baş on April 11, 2013

Marvelous!!!
L+F, best regards,
Mehmet

Christos Theodorou on April 12, 2013

mehmet baş - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Friendly greetings from Athens

AlbertoMaria on December 23, 2013

Wonderful

AlbertoMaria on December 23, 2013

I saw this place in a CSI New York's episode

Christos Theodorou on December 23, 2013

AlbertoMaria - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Best wishes for Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family with good health, happiness and prosperity

AlbertoMaria on December 31, 2013

Many thanks you too you Christos efharisto

oenanthe ♥ Pano ♥ on January 21, 2014

belle photo,Christos

salutations de France,oenanthe

Christos Theodorou on January 21, 2014

oenanthe - Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire – Amitiés d’ Athènes

BOGDAN de Varsovie on February 21, 2014

Very nice view. Terrific photo.

YS 44.

Best regards.

Bogdan

Christos Theodorou on February 22, 2014

►BOGDAN◄ - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Best regards from Athens

Christos Theodorou on April 3, 2014

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  • Uploaded on November 21, 2012
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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX S8200
    • Taken on 2012/11/03 14:42:16
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 9.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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