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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-05

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  • [01] Xerxes path in Tempi valley

  • [01] Xerxes path in Tempi valley

    The Tempi valley in Central Greece, nestled between the Mt Olympos and Mt Kissavos, was known to travelers in antiquity who wanted to reach Athens from the north via a shortcut through the Tempi pass in order to avoid the mountain ranges. Because of its strategic position Tempi has been the site of several battles. In 480 BC when the King of Persia, Xerxes with 10,000 warriors launched the third campaign to conquer Greece he puzzled on how to pass through the Olympus and Kissavos mountains more quickly and easily in order to take the Greek army by surprise . Xerxes ordered his warriors to create a path in the Tempi valley. This very path was later upgraded by the Romans and the Byzantines. Visitors to Tempi valley may take the latter path and follow the tracks of the ancient troops, as the path is preserved and stays in place as a reminder of the history of a great era.

    The Vale of Tempi was a sacred place and the ancient Greeks worshipped Apollo there. Laurels used for the wreaths of the winners of the Pythian Games were collected from the laurel trees that grew in the Valley.

    Excavations have unearthed ruins of a temple of Apollo and several pieces of armory used in ancient battles

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