Volos Sights and Landmarks Guide, Greece
About 326 km north of Athens and 215 km south of Thessaloniki, lies Volos the capital city of Magnesia prefecture.
This cheerful city bustles with life being a major port, which provides a bridge between Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Volos is a lively pleasant city characterized by its city squares, broad streets, neoclassical buildings, aged industrial structures and its proximity to the sea and harbor.
Despite its being somewhat a new city beginning its economic rise during the 19th century, Volos was actually built on the area of the ancient cities of Demetrias, Pargase and Iolkos. And of course the surrounding area of the city inevitably boasts of ancient ruins and archaeological sites that tends to reveal the extremity of greatness Greece has achieved.
There are three active archaeological sites in Volos and there are certain areas which are open to the public. For example the Archaeological site of Demetrias which is about 1.5 kilometers south of the city. It was an area where a Hellenistic town was established dating back to the Neolithic times.
Just 3 kilometers south of Volos is a hill where the palace of Demetrios Poliokretes, King of Macedonia once stood. Also around this area stands the chapel of Ayios Ilias.
Another historical site worth visiting is Mikrothives. Found in this place are abundant remains of an old city which include the city walls, a temple, a theater and a stoa which will surely live you in awe.
For the more curious ones there are several museums around the city that contains ancient artifacts that would surely leave impressions. The Theophilos Museum, otherwise known as the House of Kontos, is a stone built Noble House, which was built according to Greek folk architecture. The upper floor of the house is decorated with hall paintings of the renowned folk painter Theothilos Chatzimichael.
In addition, the home of the historian Kitsos Markis, which displays the works of Theophilos Christopoulos and Byzantine artifacts, is opens to the public. Of course, the above mentioned are only a few of the galleries and museums within the vicinity of Volos.
However, the most notable museum in this city is the Archeological Museum of Volos which houses an array of ancient jewelries household utensils and agricultural tools which date back to the Neolithic period. There are also extensive artifacts from the Geometric period, Classical Early Christian and Byzantine periods.
And of course many travel to Greece for their great serene beaches, so for those geared up to enjoy your day in the water, the road southeast of Volos will take you to a coastal suburb with an extensive beach in an area abundant with groves and orchards.
All in all, Volos is a place that incorporates the glorious past and the flourishing present by wooded slopes, green valleys on one side and the generous sea on the other. This provocative city is one that should not be missed during your travels to the Mediterranean. Not only does this place offer the abundance of its beaches, it ultimately speaks of a great ancient culture.
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review by blackangel_66 posted more then 30 days ago
Although it is an industrial city, I really enjoyed Volos. The sea is impossibly blue there and the city by night from the surrounding hills is amazing. The Archeological Museum of Volos is really great, exhibits include items from the Trojan War as well. Several of the oldest factory...
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