Day Eighteen,Beroea, Edessa, Greece

November 29, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Veria - known as Beroea in the bible

Within the city there was a Jewish settlement where the Apostle Paul preached after leaving Thessalonica (Acts 17:10-15). The Apostle Paul and his companion Silas preached to the Jewish and Greek communities of this city in AD 50/51 or 54/55 

These are the steps where it is said that Paul stood when he preached his message

Veria is on the site of ancient Beroea (called Berea in some translations of the Bible), a city of Emathia. A city by the name Beroea is first mentioned in the writings of Thucydides in 432 BC, although there is evidence that the city was populated as early as 1000 BC. 

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Kioupri is an ancient Byzantine Bridge in Edessa. it is a stone-built arched bridge, where it is said the famous road of the antiquity, Via Egnatia crossed over here.

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This is the famous waterfalls in Edessa.

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The School of Aristotle at Esvoria

Naoussa is a place of universal interest, the ruins of the School of Aristotle is a short way from contemporary Naoussa. This is the place with the racing waters and the deeply-shaded caves which the ancient writers mention, where the greatest philosopher of antiquity taught the greatness of classical Greek thought and the ideals of Platonic philosophy to the son of the King of Macedonia Phillip II, Alexander, and the other nobles of the Macedonian court. The encounter of these two greatest personalities of the ancient world at the Nymphaion of Mieza, of Aristotle, the scientist, with the great military commander, Alexander, would definitely affect the future of mankind, and of all Western Civilization.

Not much remains as the structure was made of wood.  You can see the roof line was cut into the rock and the foundations are still visible.

This area which the Nymphaion, the sanctuary dedicated to the Nymphs, occupies is a very impressive natural landscape, where the ancient relics -the wall prop of a two-floor arcade of Ionic columns forming a Π is preserved- combined with the three natural caves which are found there constitute the main grounds of the school. The vertical surface of the rock, where the openings for supporting the roof's girders are discernable, comprised the back-end of the shady porch (stoa), (350 B. C. and after), where Aristotle taught "the ethical and political word" (Plutarch VII, 668) to the Macedonian nobility's young offspring. The landscape where the Master rambled with his students on the riverbanks, full of paths with dense vegetation, while surrounding cool streams gushed from the springs and serenely flowed, is complemented by an even greater cave a little further off, with two carved entrances, and a distinct devotional use.

Here is perhaps a little amphitheatre where Aristotle did some of his teaching.

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Here is just a beauty shot in the town of Naoussa.


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