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COSMOPOLITAN NORTHEN GREECE
ONE OF THE MOST MYSTICAL DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD
Northern Greece is located on a continental crossroad between cultures and has always been subjected to different influences. Those influences are evident and can be measured and accessed throughout the various archaeological sites.
Northern Greece was the birthplace and starting point (Vergina) for Alexander the Great on his quest to establish his cosmopolitan empire, succeeded by the Hellenistic world that influenced the idealized Pax Romana.
Northern Greece was not just a highly important strategic area where the rival Roman Senates chose to battle (Battle of Philippi); but also the first place in Europe that Saint Paul visited, on his quest to spread Christianity to the west. Here, he baptized the first Christian (Saint Lydia), established the first Christian communities of Europe and was also captured and imprisoned.
Thessalonica, currently the capital of Northern Greece In Northern, was also the co-reigning imperial city of the ecumenical Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium).
Northern Greece was the birthplace of many significant and monastic communities with Mount Athos and Ikosifinissa being probably the most revered.
Byzantine Emperors and Lords repelled the Slavic and Catholic (Latin) invaders, who left their monumental footprints throughout the area. Under the rule of the Ottoman empire, Northern Greece persecuted Hebrew communities from Iberia, who then settled and flourished alongside Greeks and Ottomans.
This combination created a unique multicultural lifestyle of mutual coexistence. Alongside with significant Greek intellectuals, North Greece has been the birthplace for Mohamed Ali (founder of modern Egypt) and Mustafa Kemal (founder of Turkish republic).
Shortly following the Greek liberation from the Ottoman empire, Northern Greece accommodated plenty of Greek refugees from Asia Minor who injected a further oriental and cosmopolitan flavor to the area.
“Nowadays, Northern Greece is a treasury of religious, military, and civilian monuments from variant cultures. Remains of the past Ancient Greek, Macedonian, and Roman glory are interwoven with the Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman ruler.
This unique cultural tapestry got even richer with modern sites constructed by wealthy Greeks, Ottomans, Hebrews, and Europeans merchants. This multicultural past of Northern Greece is also reflected on the local cuisine and hospitality.
The natural beauty which surrounds this part of the world is breathtaking and certainly unique. North Greece has been described as the ‘European El Dorado’ due to the number of thermal medicinal springs (spas) that are scattered all around.
The green color of the overgrown mountains that are thriving with endemic vegetation, trees and wildlife pours into the golden beaches and the blue sea, offering to the visitor a unique spectacle and an unforgettable experience.”
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