Photographer's Note

In the area of Nea Paralia, one of the most popular, full of energy places of Thessaloniki you’ll find the monument of one of the most famous and influential personalities of all times. A person that created a legend still heard until today. This is the monument of Alexander the 3rd, also known as ‘Alexander the Great’.
Born in 356Bc in Pella, Macedonia he was the son of King Phillip the 2nd of Macedon and Princess Olympiada. He had the privilege to be educated by one of the greatest philosophers of all time, Aristotle. Alexander inherited the throne of the Macedonian Kingdom right after his father’s assassination in 336 Bc.
Taking advantage of his father’s crucial financial and military reforms that took place during its reign, Alexander managed to further extend the Macedonian influence to the majority of the Greek city states.
After taking control of the Panellinian League (Greek Alliance) that was created by King Phillip in order to face the Persian aggression, he used some of the most genius strategies and military tactics thus ending up in some of the greatest triumphs in human history.
Until his death in 323Bc in Babylon he had already created an enormous empire stretching from Thrace and Macedonia to the depths of Egypt and the Indian peninsula in the Far East. New commercial trade routes were established for the first time allowing an interaction between civilizations that had never met before!
The statue is an impressive, six meters (20 ft.) tall monument that represents Alexander while riding his horse “Voukefalas”, one of the most famous actual horses of antiquity.
After an extended reconstruction that lasted two and a half years the entire waterfront area of Thessaloniki along with Nea Paralia transformed into a wonderful place, ideal for a relaxing walk, jogging or biking!

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