Alexandroupolis

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Alexandroupolis

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Alexandroupolis
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Alexandroupolis is capital of the Prefecture of Evros and home to the Medical School of the Democritus University of Thrace and the Teachers and Kindergarten Pedagogic Departments. Its first residents, in the mid 19th century, were a few fishermen and the town began to grow when the first railway line was laid in 1870 connecting Thessaloniki with Constantinople. This provided the ability to export products to the rest of the country. lust like the Prefecture of Rhodopi, the Prefecture of Evros was incorporated into Greece in May 1920. The visit of the then King Alexander was the pretext on which the town was renamed as Alexandroupolis. The town is new with a modem street plan and is a transport hub with a port, an airport and a large railway station. Sights in the town are the Ecclesiastical Museum with its grounds, the Historical - Folk Museum, the Flora and Fauna Museum of Evros and others. Tens of hotels are available to visitors as well as the large camp site on the tourist beach which extends for many kilometres. During the summer months there are many events organized in Egnatia Park at its open air theatre. Alexandroupoli is the starting point for visits to the interior of the prefecture and the island of Samothrace.


Photo: Kostas Natsidis



Photo: Kostas Natsidis

Avantos St. leads to the north of the town. At distances of same 6-10 km lie the medieval castles of Potamos and Avanta where one can see walls dating from the Mycenaean, Classical and Byzantine periods. In the surrounding mountains worship sites of the ancient Kikones are to be found. In the narrow pass which the Thessaloniki - Alexandroupoli railway line passes there are many caves. In One of these is the chapel of the Agii Theodori whose walls have been painted with wan paintings in two layers dating from the 11th and 13th centuries.


Photo: Kostas Natsidis


Photo: Kostas Natsidis


Photo: Kostas Natsidis


Photo: Kostas Natsidis

 

Nea Orestiada is the newest town in the Greek State. It was founded in 1923 by refugees from Adrianoupolis and Karayats and bas a modem street plan and a booming economy. The history and tradition of its residents are on show in the halls of the Folk and History Museum. In general it is a pretty, developing town at the very edge of Greece.

Source: Region of Eastern Macedonia - Trace
Greek National Tourism Organisation