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DRAMA - FAMILY AND NATURE

Drama, known for its abundant waters, is built at the foot of Mount Falakro. The mountain that dominates the highest point of the horizon, Falakro, is the "mountain symbol" of Drama. It borders on the north with Bulgaria, on the west with the prefecture of Serres, on the south with the prefecture of Kavala and on the east with the prefecture of Xanthi. It was a military center of the Ottomans in the Balkans and played an important role in the Revolution of 21. Freedom Square was the starting point of the two main streets of the city, one leading to the Greek part of the city and the other to the Turkish quarters. Throughout Drama and especially in the area of Agia Varvara there are old, listed buildings that give atmosphere to the city, while an important attraction is its Byzantine walls. Nature, picturesqueness, traditional settlements, ancient monuments and countless options make it an ideal destination for every visitor. From the south to the mountains of Falakro, Rodopi and Menoiki, the Prefecture of Drama offers excursions for all seasons.

In the Municipal Garden in the center of the city, a park has been formed in which the Statue of Liberty and the statue of Kolokotronis are located. The 100 springs from which gushing crystal clear waters and plane trees compose its unique landscape. The large number of watermills is due to the presence of springs in the area of Agia Varvara. The building of the "Tachiarchas’" between the years 1923 and 1925 was used as the residence of the family of the tobacco merchant Andreas Tzimos. Today it is a landmark not only in the cultural heritage of the city, but also in the historical memory of its inhabitants. On Koundouriotou Street is a part of the eastern Byzantine walls, as well as the back whose facade is located on Venizelou Street.

The Church of Hagia Sophia is the oldest church in the city which was dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The Old Metropolis of Drama next to the new metropolitan church is dedicated to the Entrances of the Virgin Mary and succeeded the oldest church of post-Byzantine times. In the Ecclesiastical Museum the exhibits come from heirlooms brought by the refugees of Asia Minor. The Portokaloglou tobacco warehouse, designed by the Austrian engineer Konrad von Vilas, is one of the most important surviving industrial buildings. The Archaeological Museum has findings that record the cultural history with sculptures in three sections. Agios Nikolaos in the center of the city, called Eski mosque or Tsarsi mosque is one of the four mosques in the city with frescoes depicting the end of the Turkish occupation. The Ottoman Fountain in Courts Square is located where the courts, the administration, the prisons and the Arab Mosque were, which were the administrative center of the city.

In Oneiroupoli, Christmas comes to life every year with a Christmas celebration, as everything is transformed into a Christmas village. A few kilometers outside the city Aggiti Cave is the largest river cave in the world with a length of 21 km. Elatia is one of the most beautiful forest complexes whose flora and fauna is among the most remarkable in Northern Greece. The forest of Fraktus, the only virgin forest in Greece, is one of the most important mountain ecosystems in the country. At 19 km from Drama, is the city of Philippi, where there are Roman ruins, while in the area of Kali Vrisi, the sanctuary of Dionysus is preserved. In Nevrokopi, is the post-Byzantine church of Agios Dimitrios, the fortress "Lise", known from the resistance of 1941, the Dam and the artificial lake of Lefkogeion. Outside the village of Dasoto, the unique forest of Kastania captivates every visitor, as well as the Maara cave, in the area of Kokkinogia, which is adorned by countless stalactites with amazing colors.

 The crossing of the gorge of Petrousa-Pyrgos and the exploration of the forest of Symidas gives nature lovers a unique landscape. In the well-equipped ski center of Falakro at an altitude of 1720 meters one can indulge in hiking, mountaineering, climbing, bird watching and touring. Nevrokopi is surrounded by the imposing mountains of Falakro and Orvilos and combines the beauties of the basin with those of the mountain, offering many activities and attractions. In the plain of Prosotsani, south of the modern town, the early Christian basilica was discovered with a semicircular arch to the east and a narthex to the west. The Gorge of Petrousa Pyrgos, starts north of the village of Pyrgos and ends in Petrousa with a length of more than 10 km and is an attraction for nature lovers who can cross it in a landscape of stunning natural beauty. On the slopes of the gorge there are colorful wildflowers and tree vegetation. In addition, the gorge is a refuge for many species of fauna.

The cuisine of Drama has influences from Thrace and Asia Minor, with characteristic dishes such as itli kiofte, hunkiar begendi, gulbasi etc .. In the prefecture also stand the bean soup in clay, the stuffed onions, the various pies, the rabbit, lamb fricassee with parsley, chicken cabbage, etc .. In the local cuisine, livestock products, river fish, pies, handmade pasta and the traditional recipes of the inhabitants of Pontic and Sarakatsani origin living in the prefecture excel. Local products include wines from local wineries, mastic halva pasta, pastries, pies from the Women's Cooperative and cold cuts such as kavourmas, pastourmas, sausages and pastrami. Also exceptional are the sweet plum, the quince pulp, the giofkades with tomato or spinach, the trachanas, the sun-dried tomatoes and the sweet and sour sauces. The taste and quality characteristics of the best Greek potato of Nevrokopi make it as sought after as the famous beans. Products grown are mainly cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables.

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