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Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace - Archaeological Sites

The visitors of the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace will find it difficult to choose some specific archaeological sites, as ruins dating back to all the historic periods as well as the prehistoric one are scattered in the whole region.

The prehistoric site of Sitagroi and the Aggitis Cave (or Maaras) at the plain of Drama, the location known as Dikili Tash (Orthopetra) near Filippoi (Kavala), the prehistoric toumpa of Paradimi, the Maroneia cave and the caves of In-Dere gorge in Strymi (Rodopi), the prehistoric toumpa and the Makri cave in Evros, the prehistoric acropolis of Aghios Georgios Maroneias, Ergani (near Xylagani, Rodopi) and Aghios Georgios in Petrota as well as the prehistoric cemetery with the open-air sanctuary with mural paintings on rocks near Roussa village (Evros) are some of the most important sites where traces of life dating back to the Neolithic period, late Copper era and early Iron era have been discovered.

At the coastal region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace you can see the ruins of many ancient Greek colonies such as Avdira, Maroneia and Messimvria-Zoni.

Moreover, the remains of many ancient or Byzantine sites can still be seen at the inland of the region. Some of these are: The organized archaeological site of Filippoi located at the northern part of Kavala, the sanctuary of Dionysus in Kali Vrysi (Drama), the Kalyva castle and the Macedonian tomb in Stavroupoli (NW of Xanthi), the towns of Anastasioupolis (or Peritheorion) and Maximianoupolis (Mosynoupoli) located west of Komotini, the remains of monasteries which used to belong to the monastic network of mount Papikio (NW of Komotini), the Macedonian tomb at Symbola (N of Komotini), the village of Gratsianou (or Gratini) located NE of Komotini, the town of Traianoupolis (E of Alexandroupoli), Didymoteicho, Avantas and Pythios castles located N of Alexandroupoli, the tumulus discovered at Mirki Doxipara, etc.

The islands Thassos and Samothrace also have significant organized archaeological sites that tourists can visit.
The archeological site of ancient Thassos in Limenas and the one of Alyki situated at the SE part of the island as well as the sanctuary of Great Gods of Samothraki are only some samples of the great archaeological treasure these two beautiful islands have.

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