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Alonia of Pieria, Greece

A cultural cradle of an ancient greatness.

Alonia is a new-origin village, since it is founded the previous century by refugees that came here from Turkey. Despite the fact that it is a new founded village, it has historical roots at the years of Alexander the Great, when historical battles and inceptions of tragedical theaters took place.

Alonia of Pieria, Greece

A cultural cradle of an ancient greatness.

Alonia is a new-origin village, since it is founded the previous century by refugees that came here from Turkey. Despite the fact that it is a new founded village, it has historical roots at the years of Alexander the Great, when historical battles and inceptions of tragedical theaters took place.

What is the cultural significance of this region?

When most people hear about Greece certainly think about the past. Ancient battles, advanced cities and legendary warriors once existed here. Alexander the Great, Themistocles, Leonidas and Miltiades are only few of the monumental Greek personalities. They indicated several locations of the ancient country, for their peculiarities and strategical significance. Alonia of Pieria is one of these places. It is a very small village on the north Greece, erected in the previous century, during the population exchange of 1922. Even though Alonia has a comparatively new origin, the village has also a unique historical significance, for its location and its ancient heritage. The inhabitants of that small settlement make their living basically from tobacco farming and tourism. Since it is near the Thermaic Gulf, Olympus mountain and the ancient city of Pella, it is a worldwidely known location

Pella city was one of the largest and most important cities of ancient Hellenism. It was also the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Some of the most momentous writers of the history, like Thucydides, Herodotus and Xenophon have mentioned to the city’s advanced civilization and trade. The city had also attracted significant artists of ancient Greece, like the very famous Greek painter Zeuxis, the poet Timotheus the Milesian and Euripides the tragedian. Pella was founded by king Archelaus A’ and was the capital city of Macedonia. The history of the city and some of its buildings have survived until today.

What are the attributes that highlight this place as a symbol of traditional culture?

Alonia village has also a wonderful view on Olympus mountain. It is located on the mountain’s foothills. There are many scattered archaeological findings around the village which makes the area protected by the Greek Government.

Among the village’s ancient surroundings is also one of the most ancient villages of Greece. It’s called Dion, after the name of Zeus (Δίας or Ζεύς in Greek). Dion became a very cultural center for the ancient Greece, similar to Delphi and Olympia. Actually Euripides, the famous tragedian of ancient Greece, presented in Dion, for first time, his globally famous tragedy Bacchae, and he gave the place even more cultural value.

Ancient Pidna is another special place, just a couple of miles away from Alonia. Pidna is also one of the most ancient villages in Greece, existing for approximately 2.500 years. Historicals have proved that the mother of Alexander the Great, Olympiada, was actually murdered in that village. In Pidna took place the last battle between Greeks and Ancient Romans, ending with the subjugation of Greece to Aemilius Paulus.

Glorious battles, strategical development and historical interest for the location have given this place an authentic heritage. Staying alive through the centuries and existing until today, the village provides original evidence that Greek culture has survived.
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