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Imathia, Greece

The region where Aristotle taught Alexander the Great.

Naousa as a town might be quite unknown when you hear the name for the first time. However, in terms of history and importance as the cradle of the western world we know today it is a must to know about Naousa and its region Imathia.

Imathia, Greece

The region where Aristotle taught Alexander the Great.

Naousa as a town might be quite unknown when you hear the name for the first time. However, in terms of history and importance as the cradle of the western world we know today it is a must to know about Naousa and its region Imathia.

Which historical relevance has this region?

One of the first ancient universities the world ever experienced was founded in ancient Mieza by Greek philosopher Aristotle. It was exactly in this place where Aristotle educated Alexander the Great in philosophy, sciences, politics and warfare. It was this unique combination of location, teacher and education that enabled Alexander to conquer the world known at his time.
And as King Philip of Macedon once told Alexander to find a worthy empire – which we well know he actually did.

Battle for Freedom – Brave Women

The heroic city of Naousa received its status mainly from the citizen’s contribution in the Greek fight for independence in 1822. Both men and women defended the borders of the city with all their energy. When the enemy soldiers finally entered the town the women of Naousa first danced their traditional dance “Makrinitsa” before they jointly committed suicide in the waterfalls of Arapitsa river. Their strong longing for freedom lead them to preferring death instead of slavery.
The term “Eleutheria” (freedom) had a strong impact on Greek self-conception and still does to the present day.

What other attributes are existent in terms of culture?

Beside the exciting history Naousa has to offer there are various archeological sites worth visiting nearby. We recommend especially the royal tombs of Vergina where a European state-of-the-art museum has been built around the tomb of King Philip of Macedon. The school of Aristotle is open for visitors and is accompanied by a modern multimedia museum nearby.
Nature surrounding the Vermion Mountains is just lovely with many hidden places to discover both in summer and winter.
Last but not least, we must not forget about the long-lasting wine tradition Macedonia has. Yes, indeed, it is not all about Retsina in this country. Especially in the region around Naousa lovely vineyards are worth a visit.
Once a year in November, the “Oinos Wine Festival” takes place, offering the best red wines of the region.
And last but not least, the town of Naousa has a very active art scene where Urban Street Art festivals and poetry jams take place on a very regular level.
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