The city of Thessaloniki has been continuously inhabited since the Hellenistic period; it was a provincial capital and busy seaport in Roman times, the seat of one of the first European Christian communities in early Christian times and, in the Byzan…

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At the foothills of Mount Egaleo, 11 kilometres northwest of the centre of Athens, you can find the fortified Byzantine Monastery of Daphni. It stands on the edge of the Haidari pine forest, on the former site of an ancient Sanctuary of Apollo Daphna…

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History

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, and has existed as an independent state for the last 60 years. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic Period, as is indicated by the remains of a settlement dating back to around 9,0…

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Not far from the city of Kavala in Macedonia, you can find one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece: the ruins of the ancient city of Philippi, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2016.

Throughout its centuries-old history, t…

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Lesbos (also known as Lesvos), in the North Aegean, is the third largest Greek island; it has been famous not only as the birthplace of poets Sappho -famously declared the "Tenth Muse" by Plato himself- and Alcaeus, but also for its unique culture th…

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The ancient city Vravron (also known as Brauron) was one of the twelve cities of ancient Attica near the river Erasinos, situtated on the eastern side of Attica, about 20 km from Athens. It was especially celebrated as the site of the Sanctuary of Ar…

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Historically, the small rocky island of Hydra has been closely associated with the Greek War of Independence, in which it played an important role, being a prosperous shipping centre at the time; the sea captains’ mansions that ring the island&…

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Near the northern shore of Lake Pamvotida, off the city of Ioannina in Epirus, lies the "island of Ioannina". It has no name of its own, and is known simply by the name of its neighbouring city (and locally also as the "island of the lake"), despite…

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Nestled in a steep cliff at an altitude of about 1,200 metres above sea level, the Sumela Monastery in Trabzon Province is believed to have a history of more than a thousand years. A site of major historical and cultural significance, as well as a pr…

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The Castle of Ioannina is a fortified part of the city, on top a rocky promontory jutting into Lake Pamvotis. Its current form dates to a reconstruction in the late Ottoman period, retaining many elements of the earlier Byzantine fortress, based in i…

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