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DIAZOMA’s development proposal for Central Macedonia: the “Alexandros (Alexander the Great)” Cultural Route

We are delighted to share with you DIAZOMA’s latest project, the “Alexandros (Alexander the Great) Cultural Route of Central Macedonia.” DIAZOMA Association colleagues have collaborated to create a proposal that crystalizes DIAZOMA’s intellectual capital and explains the methodological tool proposed by DIAZOMA for the effective construction of an innovative Cultural Route in the Region of Central Macedonia. The document was drafted by DIAZOMA archaeologists Ms. Maria Sofikitou and Ms. Maria Kourasani.

The “Alexandros (Alexander the Great)” Cultural Route is a preliminary study-masterplan for the design of a branded and holistic development programme in the Region of Central Macedonia via a Cultural Route focusing on the archaeological sites-ancient cities connected with the life of Alexander the Great in Central Macedonia.

The proposal was based on extensive literature research and fully utilized the Association’s know-how. Its vision is to enhance and promote the singular capital at the disposal of Central Macedonia and skillfully “merge” the Region’s cultural monuments, history, landscape, rare ecosystems, folklore, rich gastronomy, as well as its significant contemporary production and creative output.

The Route aims to upgrade the quality of the Region’s tourism product, offer visitors engaging experiences, encourage the development of new technologies, the strengthening and creation of dynamic enterprises, and the production and promotion of its exceptional local products.

Utilizing the “magic of synergies” and the new NSRF funds, the natural and cultural monuments of the Region of Central Macedonia which form the heart of this project will be brought to the center of everyday life and operate as a vehicle for the prosperity and sustainable development of the entire Region.

To access the study, click on the link below (in Greek):

Πολιτιστική Διαδρομή της Κεντρικής Μακεδονίας, «ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ»

    Let us travel along the Cultural Route

     Eight ancient cities, landmarks in the history of Macedonia, become the links of a wondrous chain connecting nature, culture, and entrepreneurship for the first time. Taking its name from the renowned king of Macedonia, the man who changed the face of the world, the “Alexandros (Alexander the Great) Cultural Route” aims to change the face of Central Macedonia by paving the way for new development.

    Description

    DIAZOMA proposes the planning and implementation of the “Alexandros (Alexander the Great)” Cultural Route in the Region of Central Macedonia. Eight archeological sites and ancient cities connected with the life of Alexander the Great will form the nucleus of the Cultural Route: Pella, Aigai-Vergina, Mieza- School of Aristotle, Stageira, Dion, Amphipolis, Thessaloniki, Kilkis.

    This is a proposal for the design of a new Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) to be implemented within the framework of the Regional Operational Programme for Central Macedonia 2021-2027.

    Poles of Attraction

    The proposal recommends that the “Alexandros (Alexander the Great) Cultural Route” focus on eight archaeological sites-ancient cities connected with Alexander the Great’s life in Central Macedonia. The following eight poles of attraction are suggested as a starting point for discussions between institutions and the citizens of the Region of Central Macedonia:

    • Pella
    • Aigai-Vergina
    • Mieza- School of Aristotle
    • Stageira
    • Dion
    • Amphipolis
    • Thessaloniki
    • Kilkis

    Budget

    The proposed Cultural Route can be implemented utilizing the new NSRF 2021-2027. The budget will be set upon approval of the programme.

     

    To find out more, please visit the DIAZOMA website here.