I believe that in order to complete the image of a place, we need to explore its history so that we understand the life and the character of its inhabitants.
This acquaintance with the local history of each region comes true through its monuments, but also through its museums, where the visitor finds all the information to understand the past and the present.
Every time I visit a region, I visit all its historical monuments and museums so that I can have the most complete point of view.
A few days ago, I was in Pieria, a beautiful area in northern Greece and I did not miss to visit the most important archaeological monument of the area, Dion . Of course I took a tour to its archaeological museum.
Dion is one of the most important cities of the ancient Greece. Situated at the eastern foothills of Mount Olympus, the most famous Greek mountain, it quickly became very important due to its excellent strategic position. The first written report of the city of Dion is made in 424 BC by the historian Thoukididis.
The city took its name from the leader ancient Greek God, (Dias) Zeus. Over the years, Dion had become one of the largest cultural centers in the whole of Greece. Temples, stadiums, theaters and many sculptures and statues decorated the city.
All the rich history of this important ancient Greek city is displayed at the Archaeological museum in Dion. The museum was inaugurated in 1983, replacing an older museum that operated there since 1931.
Today the Archaeological Museum is housed in a bright and functional building, divided to a basement, a ground floor, and a first floor. Before starting the tour, it would be good to watch the audiovisual presentation in the projection room, on the ground floor.
After watching the film, you can take a guided tour of the Museum and admire the important exhibits. The best would be to do this with a qualified guide, to learn as many things about the area. Most of the exhibits were found in Dion but there are also important exhibits from other areas such as the ancient Pydna and Olympus, so the visitor gets an idea of the history of the whole region.
On the ground floor of the Museum one can admire exhibits of exceptional art such as the statue of Aphrodite, the statue of Poseidon, the statue of Demeter and the statue of Health. Going up to the first floor you will see more busts and statues and you will admire the famous art of the ancient Greeks!
In the basement of the Museum there is a permanent exhibition through which the visitor can better approach the everyday life of the people living in the Ancient Dion.
The tour lasts approximately two hours and is really very interesting.