The abundant waters, the springs, the ponds and the waterfalls characterize it … Hence its name, Drama! And not from an ancient … drama, but from Hydrama “-” Dyrama “due to the abundance of the water element in the area.
I’m among the most humane, green and cool cities and I think it’s still not worth it! Drama has so much to offer to its guests, for sure if you come to know it, you will feel that you have discovered a “hidden” treasure.
Built at the foothills of Mount Falakro, the mountain of flowers, as the locals call it, has been telling you countless stories from antiquity to the present day. From the time of the settlement of Dyrama or Hydra and the ancient Greek gods, dominated by Dionysus, the Byzantine and post-Byzantine times, its important role in the Revolution of 21, the Bulgarian occupation, the rebellion and the massacre, the economic bloom, tobacco production and trade, but also the difficult days with the huge unemployment problem.
Agia Varvara: A park – a jewel
A trademark in the city of Drama is the park of Agia Varvara, which has been awarded and is one of the most beautiful in Europe under the Culture 2000 program. It is located in the center of the city, in an idyllic location and is an oasis of 60 acres with running water and many centuries-old trees.
The multi-storey tobacco storehouses are mirrored in the waters of the lake and, in combination with the neoclassical houses around, testify to its glorious past, a time of great economic blossom and population growth. The sounds of the water in the waterfalls, the ponds, the traditional watermills, the bridges, the ducks and the whole scenery in the area can not help you feel like you are in an aquatic paradise.
The park took its name from the chapel of Agia Varvara that is there. According to tradition, when the Turkish conquerors attempted to demolish it to build a mosque, the church was covered with water and thus rescued. The inhabitants believed it to be a miracle, and so far they honor Saint’s memory. Barbara on Dec. 4 by lighting candles on improvised boats floating on the lake, creating a stunning backdrop.
And was it just that? Drama has many other beauties to show you and to “enslave” you with its hospitality. Graphically narrow, with well-preserved neoclassical buildings and old neighborhoods, emerging behind the block of flats and the lively shopping streets.
An important attraction is the Byzantine walls, from which several sections are preserved in the northern district of the city, around the Byzantine church of Aghia Sophia (10th century), which is the oldest surviving building of Drama. Next to the walls, there is the church of Taxiarches, built in the time of Palaiologos.
Spacious squares, churches, train station, museums, shopping and parade shops, bakirzidika as well as countless cafes and taverns will certainly not leave you uninhibited.
However, it is worth taking a stop at the Municipal Garden of Drama, which is also in the center of the city and is still a green oasis and an elegant park. It is the point where every year, during the Christmas period, Dream is located, while there is also the Statue of Liberty and the statue of Kolokotroni.
Pelleted plane trees, crystal clear waters sparkling from 100 springs, bridges, ponds and ducks that succule. There are beautiful beaches and bars in the surrounding area, with a crowd of people, that’s why they call it … beach and let it be several kilometers away from the sea.
Drama is a city that is moving, a city with ordinary people, with beautiful colors and other so many flavors, with traditional flavors and countless images. It’s worth discovering …