The Ancient City of Aiges

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g w
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Ancient Edessa, at the foot of the modern town.
Jan 2020
Even though only a small part of the site was excavated, it gives an idea of what the ancient city was. The guard was very helpful, and actually served as a kind of guide (we were the only visitors at the time). Worth a visit!
Written 25 January 2020
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Gerard R
507 contributions
stones remembering society and culture
May 2019 • Couples
downhill from Edessa lies ancient city with earliest signs of settlement 3rd millenium BC. City developed around 350 BC with fortifications and akropolis. In the roman era it flourished related to it's position along the Via Egnatia, Lay-out and importance (in as far as recovered) as can be seen from excavations, that started about 50 years ago. At the time we visited, it was fairly quiet...
As mentioned by other reviewer, this is not the ancient Aiges (capital of Macedonia in early times) which is near Vergina, as I have been informed.
Written 3 August 2019
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia1,730 contributions
Not Aiges
May 2018 • Solo
Archaeologists have established that this ancient city at Edessa is not Aiges (the ancient capital of Macedonia) as claimed by the Edessians. It is in fact at Vergina. Still this site is well worth a visit with a a columned main drag well preserved. Its walls are the highest preserved from ancient Greek times.
Written 31 July 2018
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drakic
Belgrade, Serbia142 contributions
Great tour in the end of visit of Edessa
Jul 2018 • Family
I was pleased to visit birth place of Alexander the Great. Free entrance. You'll get brochuers in couple different langugae including Greek and English. But, for full enjoyment, crucial is your knolege of history. Great site, especilly in sunset. It is outside of Edessa, take a turn right at crossing near Hospital. Don't miss it.
Written 20 July 2018
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eeeeeeeeeboss
Canton of Zug, Switzerland161 contributions
Beautiful archaeological site in Edessa
Jan 2018 • Friends
It was amazing to see this site today, if you have Greek heritage or just love ancient history it's magical. For me I have family that have been here in Edessa for centuries so I felt a special connection to the land and to the site. I imagined what it would have been like all those years ago. For those who don't quite understand or have never been to an archaeological site like this, give it a chance and use your imagination a bit. It's really old, and probably not as amazing to the eye when you first look at it or go there but imagine the great fortifications for those years and how these people lived.

Truly an amazing place for a history buff.
Written 16 January 2018
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Steven R
Rye, Australia1,306 contributions
Worth a walk around.
May 2016 • Solo
Its free to enter the site and the lady at the entrance will give you a brochure and a little talk about the place.The wall is in better shape than others and the pillors too.As you leave Edessa and head down the hill towards Thessaloniki the site is on left side.I have put a picture of position from google maps.The blue dot marks the position.
Written 18 May 2016
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Rita B
London, UK280 contributions
The ancient city
Sep 2015 • Couples
You get a good view of this site from the town as you look down on it. It's only just had some areas excavated but if you like wandering around ancient sites it's the place to see. The very helpful lady gives you two helpful pamphlets
Written 22 September 2015
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Amphaxitis
Gevgelija, Republic of North Macedonia9 contributions
Small but interesting ruins of the ancient city Edessa
Oct 2014
The fortification walls of the ancient Edessa were constructed in ca. 300 B.C. and repeatedly repaired during the life span of the city. They are among the best preserved fortification walls in Macedonia, standing up to the height of 5 m. There is a monumental paved street crossing the city ( marble columns and built pillars are preserved along the sides of the wide street) with inscribed column from the Temple of the goddess Ma. Also interesting is The pig stele - rare relief depicts a man on a four-wheeled chariot with three horses and two pigs,,
Written 10 September 2015
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thomaswalden
Linz, Austria43 contributions
Is it here or is it in Vergina
Jul 2015 • Family
Pella is archeologically for sure one of the most exciting places these days. There's is still so much to discover and they are still debating about one of the most important times in history. Be part of it, and see it all there
Written 3 August 2015
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Evangelos K
Pella Region, Greece165 contributions
Historical meeting with a small Pig
Feb 2015 • Friends
Find the small Pig pasifilos (friend of everyone) who run according the legend by his master the ancient Roman Road from Via Egnatia, to this city, now called Edessa (means city of waters) in order to participate in a ancient carnival event. Finally small pig became a titbit ... That's why in this area pork chops, souvlaki etc are so famous! Find the relief during your visit to magic archeological site of Edessa. The real first ancient capital of Macedonia which was great and huge!
Written 24 February 2015
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