Traveler's Guide

East Macedonia & Thrace

The Central Heroon (Spathi)


It’s located on the west outer side of the municipal grove. In the center you can see a 14m high column , that bears a huge metal simulacrum of sword, mounted vertically. This whole impressive structure is covered by white marble. The Memorial is the centerpiece of the celebration of national and other anniversaries. This is the place that the wreaths are happening and every Sunday you can see the raising and lowering of the Greek flag with a military escort and the Philharmonic playing the national anthem. These moments are often causing perplexity to the uninitiated traveler, who can observe the huge respect to the flag from the bystanders, who remain in complete stillness during the movement of the flag. The Memorial was constructed in 1970 and was targeted many times as a monument of the era of seven-year dictatorship from 1967 to 1974.

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