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PYRGADIKIA

The distance (through Vraston) is 108 km. from Thessaloniki and 39 from Poligiro. The distance through Nikiti and Ag. Nikolao is 130 km. from Thessaloniki and 50 km. from Poligiro.
Pirgadikia (or Ag Dimitrios), was founded after 1922 by refugees from Asia Minor. Where the village is positioned and in the area around it traces have been found of ancient establishments. The most significant archeological area is found in the northern sea shore of the peninsula of Pirgadikia, where most possibly was the position of the ancient city met by Xerxes and his fleet after the passing of the Athos canal. In the tax list of the Athenian alliance it is mentioned till 433 b.C. From its area displayed in the museum of Poligiros earthen pots, characteristic samples of a local work shop.
Our next information for the area comes from a document written in 1037, which mentions that the monastery Dohiariou of Agio Oros <owns the field of Prigardikias>. On the Byzantine documents, almost always, the area is mentioned by this name, from which became the name of today's Pirgadikia. The monastery Dohiariou owned constantly till a few years ago a large piece of land in the area.

INTERESTING PLACES:
-The wall: In an era most likely during the Byzantine years, a long and strong wall was built, which fortified the peninsula of Pirgadikia. It started somewhere from today's villages harbor, it went through west from the central church, west from the peak of the peninsula and ended in the northern shore. The reason for this wall is unknown, since no existence of Byzantine traces of a settlement have been found inside the wall, except from the foundations of the old Christian temple which we will mention later on. Today from this large wall are distinguished a few sections, from which the best preserved are on the northern slope of the peninsula.
- The temple of Agiou Dimitriou: To this temple the village has the obligation for its second name. It is found inside the village and is a typical Halkidiotiko church of the 19th century. It is built on top of ruins of an old Christian basilica, of which the foundations are seen around the present temple.
- The tower: Is found in the middle of the valley <kampos> on the north east, of the village, and a distance of approximately 2 km. Most likely it must be for the tower of the monastery M. Dohiariou, which is mentioned in a document in 1409. Today saved is ruins of a tower of a height 8m. approximately and partial wall.
- The instillation of the monastery: surviving are two buildings (1885) and a lot of ruins, all built before 1821. They are found about 500 meters east of the valley, near the sea, and a visit there is done by dirt road of medium pass ability. On the instillations of the monastery found shelter the refugees, until they built their houses in the village.
- The best sea shore of the area is at the valley, where the sand is so beautiful and small shops are found for the service of the visitors.
INTERESTING DEMONSTRATIONS:
8th September: festival for the birthday of Virgin Mary.
Characteristic items of the area: fish, olive products.


Pirgadikia, Sithonia, Halkidiki, Greece

Pirgadikia, Sithonia, Halkidiki, Greece

  Pirgadikia, Sithonia, Halkidiki, Greece