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A few words about Pelion:
Pelion (Greek : ΠΗΛΙΟ) is a mountain at
the southeastern part of Thessaly in central Greece, forming a hook-like
peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea.
In Greek mythology, Mountain Pelion (which took its name from the mythical
king Peleus, father of Achilles) was the homeland of Chiron the Centaur, tutor
of many ancient Greek heroes, such as Jason, Achilles, Theseus and Heracles.
Pelion is also a peninsula.
Today, Mt. Pelion is part of the prefecture of Magnesia (capital city: Volos)
and embraces 24 villages (most significant: Portaria, Makrinitsa, Milies,
Tsangarada, Zagora, Argalasti etc.)
All of the mountains are filled with plants and are covered with beech, acorn,
maple and chestnut trees Pelion is also a tourist attraction throughout the
year, the mountain includes trails and sidewalks for walking within small and
large beaches with sand or pebbles. Pelio has 24 villages built with
traditional Pelian architecture.
The city was refurbished in 315 by Cassander, but it never again played a
prominent part in Greek politics. It suffered from the establishment of
Chalcis as the chief fortress of central Greece, and was severely handled by
the Roman conquerors Mummius and Sulla. Strabo describes it as a mere village,
and in Pausanias's time (mid-1st century) its citadel alone was inhabited.
During the Byzantine period it served as a place of refuge against foreign
invaders, and from the 10th century, became a centre of the new silk trade.
Though severely plundered by the Normans in 1146 it recovered its prosperity
and was selected by the Frankish dynasty de la Roche as its capital. In 1311
it was sacked by the Catalan Company. Today the city of Thebes still exists on
Greek soil but only as a shadow of its former self.
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