Location: From Thessaloniki → 50km-From Polygyros → 24km
As part of the municipality of Arnea, Paleochori is situated between Neochori and Megali Panagia.
Palaiochori is built at 550 meters high and has more than 1.500 active residents. During the years, there have been found coins and pottery in the wider area, as well as ruins from fortifications and tombs that tell us that Palaiochori’s roots go back centuries.
Nearby the village, you will find the Neposi castle, which dates to the Byzantine period. The castle was temporarily destroyed but in the 10th century, it was restored again. Many archaeological finds have shined a light into the history of the castle. Hellenistic shells and Roman coins that were discovered indicate that the area was populated during Hellenistic and Roman rule periods.
Also discovered, were coins of Emperors Anastasios and Ioustinianos, from which is concluded that the occupation of the area continued during the 5th and 6th centuries. Palaiochori is mostly known for Giorgos Zobas, who inspired the author Nikos Kazantzakis to write his novel Alexis Zorbas.
It is worth mentioning that the tradition of weaving is still alive here thanks to the women of the village. The technique is transferred from generation to generation.
- The temple of Great Archangels with the beautiful murals and the statue of Ecumenical Patriarch Joachim III the Magnificent located in the courtyard are of special historic and religious importance.
- The miraculous picture of Archangel Michael (16th century, Cretan-Macedonian art) and the picture of Virgin Gorgoepikoou (the only exact copy of the one embedded in the wall of Dochiariou monastery in Mount Athos)