Greece is a destination known equally for its enchanting islands and incredible history. While current economic concerns in Greece may be affecting the region, this is no reason not to visit this ancient land. In fact, it even allows for deals to be had in some of Greece's most famous spots!
It is easy to think that with modern technology and accessibility that everything around the world of historical significance has already been turned into a tourist destination. But, because of the logistics in restoring and managing many of these sites, for all the ones that become world-known, there are equal amounts waiting to be discovered.
An Exciting Archaeological Discovery at Osdina
Greek history is an integral part of standard education for people around the world, but because it is so incredibly long and vast, there are certain historical sites that have been off the radar of culturally minded travelers.
Osdina (or Ouzdina) is located in western Greece, in the Thesprotia region. This incredible town is build around a hilltop fortress overlooking a river canyon. While it has plenty of aesthetic appeal, Osdina is also one of the world's oldest areas of modern civilization, with objects and structures ranging from the Hellenistic period to the post-Byzantine period. It has its mysteries too; it was abandoned in the early 1700s, but scholars still do not know why.
Experts theorize that the city was built in three sections, each during different time periods, making Osdina an amazing place to experience classic Greek history over a span of ages.
Open to the Public
On October 20th Osdina was officially opened to the public as an historical attraction, formally known as the "Archaeological Park of Byzantine-post Byzantine Settlement of Ouzdina." Due to its remote location, the site isn't accessible by any public transportation but you can rent a car in Greece for a convenient way to visit Osdina and any other attractions in the spectacular Greek countryside.
What Can Travelers Expect to See at Osdina?
Like many ancient cities, Osdina was built to fit a compact piece of land that held several benefits for protection and resources. The westernmost side abuts a natural rock outcropping, which gave protection from the elements and intruders. A large wall was built around the other sides to ensure complete security.
Streets of cobblestone lead visitors around some of the stone domiciles that were created for residents. Several Byzantine-era churches are spread over the area, with incredible religious details of the period, and a museum or hermitage contains clues to the cultural significances of classical Greece. Visitors will find it hard to miss the main gate, with a guard tower that was created in the Byzantine era.
The landscape in the area is equally as beautiful as the man made artifacts, with a mountain (Michla) overlooking the settlement. Active visitors can visit the ancient monastery that still stands on top of the mountain.
Greece's economic concerns have travelers rethinking plans, but now is an excellent time to experience the ancient fortress city of Osdina, finally open for the public. Even though plans to raise prices for tourist attractions and entries into museums have been considered as a way to help the country's growing economic crisis, these likely won't be in effect for some time. The good news for travelers is that a trip to Europe is more affordable than ever before, making now the perfect time to plan your holiday!
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