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Tradition & Culture

 

3.000 year-old culture...

Halkidiki features in many Greek myths and was populated since 4.000 BC. The remains of the 5th century BC cities, the Museums with the collections of artifacts, the Byzantine monuments and the traditional villages, compose the long history of Halkidiki.

Learn more about the significant archaeological and UNESCO heritage sites, the important museums, the world famous Petralona Cave, the Byzantine towers and the beautiful traditional villages of Halkidiki.

 

 

 

  • Cultural Center of Ierissos

    Cultural Center of Ierissos

    It is housed in an impressive building in the center of Ierissos, since 2004. It was approved by the European Investment Bank as a center for the promotion of the Athonite heritage and the promotion of the Mount Athos area with the use of modern technology. The first successful attempt of the center’s partners was the creation of a high-resolution video Continue Reading...

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  • Aristotle’s park

    Aristotle’s park

    The Aristotle's Park, a unique theme park of Halkidiki, is located in a most beautiful area with a marvellous view towards the gulf of Ierissos and the whole peninsula of Athos. The park is dedicated to the famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle and includes a series of interesting instruments which when used properly will show the phenomena of nature. These experimental instruments, Continue Reading...

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  • Traditional villages

    Traditional villages

    The vernacular architecture of Halkidiki is a local version of the familiar Macedonian style. The region offers a wide range of interesting buildings, from simple one-room dwellings to fine mansions. There is also the distinctive mix of buildings with narrow, broad facades, the area’s main characteristic. Mademohoria The mademohoria take their name from the Turkish word for mine, and they are the Continue Reading...

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  • Tower Prosforios

    Tower Prosforios

    The tower of Prosforio is the landmark of Ouranoupolis located next to its harbor. It's the largest and best-preserved tower in Halkidiki built in the 14th century for the protection of the Monastery Vatopediou in Mount Athos. Among the most remarkable features of this tower is the diversity of its construction as it has been through at least three main Continue Reading...

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  • The Krouna Tower

    The Krouna Tower

    The Krouna Tower is located approximately 1km of Ierissos and it’s one of the most important sights in the area. It’s preserved almost in full height (12m). It was a dependency, surrounded by a wall, which has almost collapsed. It is estimated that it was built in the 15th century and it is named after the many crows which has Continue Reading...

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  • The Tower of Galatista

    The Tower of Galatista

    Almost at the center of the little village of Galatista stand this imposing tower which once was surrounded by a dense fir forest. The tower follows the Venetian style of fortifications but it is rather not a Venetian one but it is classified as late-Byzantine. The tower is estimated that was built at the beginning of the 15th century. In Continue Reading...

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  • The tower of Mariana

    The tower of Mariana

    The tower of Olynthos, also known as the Tower of Mariana, is located just two kilometres north of the town of Olynthos, to the left of the country road to Polygyros. It is one of the most characteristic examples of the Byzantine tower in the region; its builders used not only stone but also tiles, bricks and architectural fragments from Continue Reading...

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  • Byzantine Tower in Nea Fokea (or St. Paul)

    Byzantine Tower in Nea Fokea (or St. Pau

    In the village of Nea Fokea stands what is perhaps the best preserved of all the towers in Halkidiki.  The Tower in Nea Fokea, also known as St. Paul’s Tower holds a dominant position on the hill at the right side of N. Fokea’s port. It’s 17m high and it’s an old Byzantine fortress that is likely to have been Continue Reading...

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  • Stavronikita Tower (Sani)

    Stavronikita Tower (Sani)

    The Tower of Stavronikitas, also known as Tower of Sani dates from 1543 and was built to protect the “metochi” (dependency) of the Stavronikita Monastery. The tower is in an excellent state of repair; it is 8 metres high, but the archaeologists believe that an upper floor is missing, and the original tower was much taller. It is assumed that Continue Reading...

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