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History

 

In the blessed land of Macedonia and in the eastern part, between Thessaloniki and Kavala, is located the newly-constructed municipality of Pangaion which according to this year’s census it has a population of nearly 32.000 residents. In its current form it resulted from the merging of the five former municipalities—Elephteroupolis, Pangaion, Elephteres, Piereis and Orphani— consistent with “Kallikratis plan”. The seat of the Pangaion is Elephteroupoli and consists of 3 municipal communities, 27 local and 10 settlements.

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One place…Thousands destinations…

 

Pangaion took its name from the holy and rich mountain of antiquity and shades the districts so protectively in its most municipal parts. In ancient times, Pangaion was related to the adoration of Dionysus, the god of vine and the musician, Orpheus. Included in the Natura 2000 network, Pangaion is a productive land, abundant in natural beauties, passable paths and caverns with carving stone sculptures. All in all, the place is a real challenge to alternative tourism and those who appreciate the beauty and benefits of nature.

It is located between the two municipalities, Amphipolis and Philippi that flourished in antiquity and they were connected with the ancient Egnatia Odos. The seaport of Amphipolis was Iiona—nowadays known as Ofrinio—where Alexander the Great and his troops set out for a distant expedition to Indies. On the other hand, Philippi indicated the outset of the first European town where Paul the Apostle preached Christianity and baptized the first European Christian.

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