Region of Central Macedonia Capital town: Veria Area: Population:
The Prefecture of Imathia won international fame following the discovery of the archaeological site of Vergina and of the royal tombs of Philip II the Macedonian. In the capital city of Veria, traditional neighbourhoods and Byzantine churches have been preserved. Veria is traversed by the river Tripotamos.
The city of Naousa is famed for its waterfalls, fruits and its carnival. The river Arapitsa crosses the city and forms waterfalls at the location “Stoumpanoi”. It is also worth visiting the famous wineries of Naousa.
To the north-east of Veria, lies the village of Nea Nikomidia where the most ancient neolithic settlement of Europe has been unearthed. The Canyon of Seli which stretches for 5 kilometers offers an impressive sight, as do the caves of “Saranta Outades” at Siambali and Prionia.
The most ancient settlement of Imathia was excavated in Nea Nikomidia and dates back to 6000 BC. The first capital of Macedonia, Aiges, had been built where now lies the contemporary city of Vergina. The city of Veria flourished during the Hellenistic period.
In 54 AD, Apostle Paul preached in Veria. During the Byzantine period, the city had been thriving. Its heyday was followed by the Turkish domination until the city’s liberation on April 10th, 1822. It was then that the city of Naousa was completely destroyed. The area was annexed by the Greek state in 1912.