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Demetrias – The palace of the Macedonians

The famous written tombstones of Demetrias provide important information on the daily life in the city, the traffic of foreigners and the art of great painting. They were found on the wall, because they were used as building material in a subsequent repair.

The Theatre of ancient Demetrias was built during the Early Hellenistic period (first half of the 3rd century BC) and was repaired at least four times until the second half of the 4th century BC, when it was abandoned. Its stage was two-storey. On the west, the foundation of the foreground is preserved.

The orchestra has a diameter of 24.14m, the floors are constructed from compacted clay and it has a sewage drain all around its perimeter. The seats of the first row were made of gray marble, while the rest were made of limestone.

The aqueduct is probably a creation of the early 4th century AD. Today only the piers remain, over which the built-in channel carrying water from Pelion to Demetrias was supported. On a hill, in the eastern part of the city, stands the Palace. At the highest point of the hill a colonnaded courtyard with Doric columns has been revealed, with apartments at all three sides. On the north side, there are workshops and a big sewage drain. The palace had two floors, and a strong tower stood on its four corners. To the west of the complex of the peristyle courtyard, in lower terraces, the remaining areas of the palace complex extend, also in two storeys. The palace was abandoned after the end of the Macedonian rule in Greece (mid-2nd century BC). Part of it was used later, during the Roman period, as a cemetery.