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Demetrias description and photos - Greece: Volos. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Demetrias.
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Demetriada is an ancient city in the Pagasian Gulf (prefecture of Magnesia) near present-day Volos. This area has been inhabited since the Neolithic era and is famous for its rich cultural and historical heritage.
At the beginning of the 3rd century BC. The Macedonian king Demetrius Poliorketus united the classic city of Pagasu and the small settlements around it, thereby creating the new city of Demetriada (named after its founder). The city developed rapidly and turned into a major international port. Along with Corinth and Chalcis, Demetriada became an important economic and political center. For a long time there was also the residence of the Macedonian kings. The peak of the city's prosperity fell on 217-168 BC.
In the 1st century BC. Demetriada lost its former political influence and gradually diminished in size, but, nevertheless, the city was still the capital of the Magnesian Union. In the late III - early IV century, the Roman emperor Diocletian united Thessaly and Magnesia into a single province with the capital at Larissa. Finally, Demetriada was abandoned around the end of the 6th century A.D.
Archaeological research in this region began at the end of the 19th century. During the work, the city walls, the ruins of the royal palace, various public buildings, temples (including two early Christian churches with mosaic floors), an agora, an ancient theater, the remains of a Roman aqueduct, an ancient cemetery and much more were excavated. Ancient artifacts found during excavations are now kept in the Archaeological Museum of Volos.
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