Macedonia-Pella

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General Information for Pella

Pella Pella - better known as the birth-place of Alexander the Great - was the most significant political, financial and administrative centre of the Macedonian nation, from the start of the 4th-Centurry BC till the year 168 B.C. King Archelaos, who ruled at the end of the 5th Century moved the capital of Macedonia from Aeghes to Pella and many prominent artists and tragedians (as Euripidis who died here the year 406 B.C), stayed at the palace he built. The excavations - that are still going on - have brought forth significant findings and ruins of the city among them lovely mosaics depicting mythological thermes. The Archeological Museum of Pella is one of the country's best. There are beautiful mosaics, intricate colourful designs, incredibly composed mosaics depicting, among other scenes, the hunting of a deer and a lion, another a battle between the Greeks and the amazons and more, the best mosaics being those of Circa 300 B.C. Among the ruins you will admire the trade market, built during Hellenistic times; the Pella residences - the most impressive ones - next to the museum; ceramic and chandler's work shops demonstrating the importance of Pella as an exporting, as well as an artistic center.

Edessa, the capital of the nome Pella deserves a visit. Located at the foothill of Vermion, it is singled out of all the other towns of Greece. Edessa is situated over 1,000ft above sea level and dominates a superb view of the Macedonian valleys. The famous waterfalls are unquestionably the most impressive landscape of the northern region. Ancient Edessa (an outskirt of Aeghes-the Macedonian capital prior to Pella) was built around the 8th-Century B.C.