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According to myth the battlefield where the Amazons suffered a crushing defeat against Dionysos and his war elephants, was at the foot of Stefana Hill, right across this plateau. In ancient times the place was known as Panaima, bloody field. The soil is still red.
Greenery in Pyrgos.
Kerkis Mountain, rising from the Aegean Sea to a height of 1450 m.
To the left: the airport, straight on: Chora.
Remaining sections of the city wall of Pythagoreio, built in the 6th century BC. Its perimeter was 6.2 km.
Remains of a Roman aqueduct bridge crossing the ravine of Agios Ioannis, Chora Samos.
Vathi park near the port, with the statue of Themistokles Sophoulis, a native of Vathi, archaeologist and politician. Director of excavations at Messene on the Peloponnese (1895) and at the Heraion of Samos. In later life he pursued a career in politics. Three times Sophoulis became Prime Minister of Greece.
Schiphol over the right wing.
The Alyki wetlands near Psili Ammos, the winter base of migrant flamingos arriving here in late autumn. Every summer the shallow lake is drying up.
Ireon, view on Pythagoreio.
Moni Zoodochou Pigis.
War Memorial near Moni Zoodochou Pigis.
Odos Mesokambou, the road to Psili Ammos.
Mount Bournias and the Kerkis range beyond, both on Samos.
Aerial view of Vathi.
Side alley in Chora.
The hamlet of Agiades. Ancient Pythagoreio was supplied with water from Agiades' source via terracotta pipes. The first 800 m in underground ducts following the winding contours of the terrain to the hill in the background, where the pipes entered the Eupalinos tunnel, built in 530 B.C., 1036 m long, and 170 m below the top of the hill (where you can see the remains of the old city walls of Pythagoreio). At the other side of the hill the water was conveyed to the city's cisterns.
Chapel in Chora.
The bells of Panagia Spiliani.
Kastro Hill. The limestone used for building the 6.2 km ancient city wall of Pythagoreio (an estimated 154.000 m³) was extracted from quarries on Kataruga Hill, between Chora and Agiades.
Pythagoreio from Kastro Hill. The town was formerly known as Tigani (frying pan).
Moni Megalis Panagias.
The coastal plain of Chora. View from Milli towards Chora, Pythagoreio, and Samsun Daği across the Mycale Strait.
The short cut to Panagia Spiliani.
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