Macedonia is one of the most beautiful regions of Greece, and an area which will grow in importance as the commercial and cultural center of the Balkans in the years to come. 4000 years of history is a very conservative estimate for Macedonia because in the Petrolona Cave in Halkidiki they found the 700,000 year old remains of one of the earliest inhabitants of the country we now know of as Greece.
By 2300 BC the people who appeared upon the scene began making weapons with iron, and jewlery of bronze, reaching new heights in civilization and showing signs of the culture we now know of as Greek. Many of these artifacts have been found in the funeral mounds of Vergina . During the Archiac period the area began to be colonized by Greeks from the south, bringing Macedonia into contact with the rest of the Greek world and introducing art and architecture from Athens, Corinth and Ionian Greece, the coast of what is now Turkey.
Saint Paul brought Christianity to Greece, traveling around Macedonia preaching and teaching the word of God and later in the Byzantine era, Thessaloniki became the second most important city in the empire. The churches and monasteries of this period contain some of the finest examples of Byzantine art and architecture found on the planet and the monastic state of Mount Athos has existed in its present state for over 1000 years. Even during the Turkish occupation after the fall of Constantinople the holy mountain was left alone and became the center of Hellenic culture during this dark period of Greek history. The rest of Macedonia was not so lucky as the conquerors swept through , pillaging as they went, until the day came when they were subdued by the effect of the civilization they encountered, which always had something new to show them. It can be said that Turkish culture was changed as much as the Hellenic culture was changed, by the centuries of occupation.
Thessaloniki is the second largest prefecture in Greece and its capital of Macedonia, Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece. The beautiful Prespa lakes are one of Europes most important bird sanctuaries and Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece. TThe city of Kastoria on lake Orestiada is concidered to be Greece’s most beautiful city by the Greeks themselves. The Halkidiki Peninsula with its three prongs of Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos run from crowded tourist resorts to beautiful remote beaches all the way to simple monasticism.
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