Ancient Demetrias: A Royal Capital of the 3rd century BC

A Macedonian Palace in Thessaly

Ancient Demetrias: A Royal Capital of the 3rd century BC

A Macedonian Palace in Thessaly

Ancient Demetrias: A Royal Capital of the 3rd century BC

A Macedonian Palace in Thessaly

Ancient Demetrias: A Royal Capital of the 3rd century BC

A Macedonian Palace in Thessaly

Ancient Demetrias: A Royal Capital of the 3rd century BC

Ancient Demetrias: A Royal Capital of the 3rd century BC

Conducting period: 2016-06-06 to 2017-12-29
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On a low hill overlooking the modern city of Volos and Mount Pelion stand the remains of the Macedonian palace and city founded in 294 BC by Demetrius Poliorcetes. Residents of at least thirteen neighboring settlements were forced to abandon their houses and settle in the new city that was named after its founder. Demetrias occupied an area of 440 hectares and was fortified with a wall 11km long and 180 towers. As the new capital of the Macedonian kingdom, Demetrias became an important naval base for the expeditions of the Macedonian kings as well as a cosmopolitan port attracting people from around the Mediterranean (Epidaurus, Crete, Epeirus, Egypt, Italy, Libanon, etc.).

The archaeological site amazes with its size, architecture and spectacular view. Our guided tour of the Macedonian palace is organized in three parts. The first answers the question “why is there a Macedonian palace in Thessaly?” The second focuses on the identity of the Hellenistic city. In addition to the magnificent palace, Demetrias had an agora, temples, theater, hippodrome, and an incredible orthogonal urban plan. Lastly, the tour explores the architecture of the palace and its use until its abandonment.

The archaeological site of Demetrias is of great interest to architecture lovers and those who wish to dig deeper in the history and culture of Thessaly in the years following the death of Alexander the Great.

Tour Duration: 1 hour

You must provide your own transportation to the site (approximately 3.5 km from Volos city center).