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Stagira

Stagira is the birthtown of Aristotles. It is found built on the foot the Stratoniki Mountain(Strempenikos), at an altitude of 500 roughly metres. At the entrance of the village, visitors can visit the park in which the Statue of Aristotles stands proudly surrounded by monuments such as towers, public baths and the tower of Madem Aga, from the period of Sidirokafsia. Sidirokafsia was the administrative centre of the region,and had its own mint. Further down going to the village, we see the central temple dedicated to the “Birthday of the Virgin Mary”. It is of great historical importance, and was built in 1814 with the help of the Hilandari Monastery on Mount Athos.

Also very interesting is the small chapel dedicated to the “Virgin Mary the Spilotissa” built in rock. In this area the big village feast takes place , on the 8th of September. Visitors can walk in the everygreen paths with a panoramic view. There are about 500 residents that live in the village today and they deal mainly with the exploitation of mining wealth and forests. The beautiful and historical village of Stagira is located above the central road of Thessaloniki – Ouranoupolis approximately 8 kilometres from the sea.

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