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The church of Agios Dimitrios in Almyros City. This church was rebuilt after a catastrophically earthquake, which destroyed the whole town in 1980.

Almyros, which means 'salty' in the Greek language, is the capital town of the homonymous province of the prefecture of Magnisia, which is in the center of prosperous plain, known as 'Krokio Pedio' and is crossed by torrents. The Municipality of Almyros counts 12.000 residents.

We can trace the history of contemporary Almyros back to ancient Alos, home of Achilles, near the site Kefalosi (about 10 km south of Almyros). Alos was a very important and populous town, famous for its port and for its part in the Persian Wars. After Byzantine time, especially because of the pirate raids, they built the town in the position that it is today. Further on, after the WWII the town has started its development. In 1980 as I told you, an earthquake destroyed the whole town. In addition, Almyros composes an important agricultural and commercial center of Magnisia, and also, it is has started to be developed as a tourist center for the area. In the Museum you can admire the findings from the Neolithic period. At the opposite side you can visit the old High School, which is a monumental classic building from the begging of 20th century, which alongside the Museum are the oldest monumental building of the area.

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