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Ancient Stagira in Ouranoupolis, in Halkidiki: The town of Olympiada, named after King Alexander's mother, is mostly famous due to the historically significant ancient site of Stagira. Located on the north-eastern side of Halkidiki, it lies only 95 kilometers from Thessaloniki. Believed to be the birthplace of the philosopher Aristotle as well, the ancient site of Stagira is embedded deep in history.
Excavations at this site started in 1990, and a lot of artifacts were retrieved from here and are kept in a special exhibition area in Olympiada. In 655 BC, Ionians from Andros founded this town. The brought to light many Paleolithic tools, bones and fossilized animals that have been extinct thousands of years ago. Findings are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Polygiros.