"Volos, Pilio and the environs" Top 5 Page for this destination Volos by StefanosS
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Sea and mountain, nature and antiquities, legent and history, gastronomy and culture...
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Thessaly, according to the scientists, was covered by the sea, and raised up at about 8,000 BC. This fact can be traced on the greek word THESSALIA, as THESSIS + ALOS, that could be translated as "place of sea" or "place of salt". Thousands of years later, an ancient town existed near Volos with the name "ALOS", and not far from its ruins, today is a modern town named "ALMYROS", a word that in modern Greek, has exactly the same meaning ("salty"). It is possible that the great violent rearrangement of the earth surface that happened 8,000 years BC. has to do with Noah's Flood and the analogous recordings in the mythology of other civilisations.
One of the most strange figures of the greek mythology is that of the Centaurs: a perfect horse body but at the place of the neck there was a man's trunk with arms and head! Centaurs were living in the region of Pelion and were rather calm people, hunters, doctors, wisemen, teachers. What kind of monsters were they?
The answer is very simple, and can be also found by the greek word KENTAVROS, that has two components: KENTOO + TAVROS that means to GOAD a TAURUS (or ox). Centaurs were the "cowboys" of Magnesia, leading their herds to the grasslands! And it is well known that a man can do this job only on the back of a horse! As the land was still partially salty, agriculture could not be a good job. It is remarkable that there is not any referance about female centaurs! Their wives were absolutely humans and are depicted riding on the back of Centaurs! Later generations kept this name, though most of them had already other occupations.
Though Thessaly was a "place of sea", Pelagonian, a chain of mountains comming down from NW to SE (central Macedonia, Chalkidiki including Athos, Olympus, Ossa, Pelion, the island of Evia) was already a dry land for the last 140 million years, as one of the oldest dry lands of the European area. This could be a good reason for the great variety of plants that can be found on Pelion, along with the good climate. Among these plants, there are many pharmaceutical herbs, more than one half of the pharmaceutical herbs of the whole planet! According to Greek mythology, many Centaurs were famous doctors. Aeskulapius (Asklipios), the ancient god of medicine, was born at the foothills of Pelion and was trained by the Centaurs.
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An interesting web-site about Volos and the region is the one of the Port of Volos (available in both Greek and English):
Pelagos or Pelagonisi or Kyra-Panaghia island
Yioura (or Gioura) island
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