DION MUSEUM  
  Olympus - the legendary home of the Greek Gods – is the highest mountain in Greece. It presents a wide variety of characteristics that make it particularly attractive. Its slopes are steep, scarred by deep ravines, and covered by evergreen bushes and forests of broad-leafed, coniferous trees and many endemic species. It is inhabited by a number of threatened species as well.
In 1981, Unesco included the Olympus National Park in the World Heritage list.
It is also named an Important Bird Area by the European Community.
The remains of the ancient town of Dion (named after the God - Dionisios) include the Ancient theatre, the stadium as well as a sanctuary, Thousands of Hellenes crowded here to attend the Dion Olympics which were celebrated with a great festivity from 5 century BC.
 
     
 
  METEORA – the Keeper of the Christianity  
  Meteora is located in a rocky area in north-east Greece. The rocks were chiselled by the time and water and stand upright. During XI – XII century the monks used these “natural fortresses” to build monasteries which could be approached only by suspension rope bridges, rope-ladders or steps cut in the rock. Today six of the monasteries are open for visitors. But although they are rather museums than monasteries, (you can take pictures and buy souvenirs) you will not be admitted inside if you wear shorts.
The Meteora monasteries are among the greatest attractions in continental Greece. Built on top of enormous rocks, the monasteries offered the monks security and sanctuary against the increasing bloodsheds in Byzance in XIV century. The oldest monasteries were reached by rope ladders and later baskets used to transport the monks up by means of pulleys – a method used until the 20-ies of the XX-th century
When once a tourist asked the monks how often the ropes were replaced, they answered: “ Whenever it broke”
Now the tourists ascend the rock by steps cut in the stone and the pulleys are used only for supply of provisions.
 
     
 
  THESSALONIKI  
  The brightest jewel of Greece is Thessaloniki, second biggest town. It was founded in 316 BC by prince Kasander and was named after his beloved wife Thessaloniki – Alexander’s the Great sister.
Announced for the cultural capital of Europe for 1997, Thessaloniki is a town inspiring the culture and love. Among the most significant cultural and historical landmarks of the town are The Aristotle’s university, famous for its rich library, the White Tower, The First Greek conservatory. The three stages of the State Theatre of Northern Greece attract world performers all the year around. The two holy brothers Cyril and Methodius (the founders of the Cyrillic alphabet) are buried in the St.Dimitar church.
The town offers all kinds of attractions – from the small taverns offering traditional Byzantine dishes to big clubs where you can have fun till sunrise.
 
     
 
  TEMPI  
  TEMPI is located along the bank of the river Pinios in a steep gorge separating the mountains Olympus and Kisavos. The rocky church – sanctuary of saint Agia Paraskevi - is one of a kind. A medicinal spring
streams just below the icon of the saint and goes down to a rocky cave at the foot of the Olympus.
 
     
 
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