Town of Drama

History of the town of Drama


Town of Drama

The History of Drama begins in the 5th century B.C.

Archaeology has uncovered finds indicating the worship of the god of wine: “Dionysus”. This suggests the emergence of viticulture in the area.

In Byzantium, Drama was a walled city, referred to as Darma-Dramme and Dragmis.

In the 18th century, cultivation of tobacco began, resulting in great economic growth, as can be seen by the impressive tobacco warehouses.

During the Macedonian Struggle for Independence, the martyr St. Chrysostos, the bishop of Drama-Smyrnis took steps to spread Greek culture by establishing schools housed in monumental buildings .

The Cultural Trail that we propose provides visitors the opportunity to see the most important monuments: interesting school buildings, Hellenistic tomb, church of the Archangel, the Byzantine Walls (Hania-Orologopyrgos), the Church of St. Sophia, tobacco warehouses, mosques, and mansions and residences of tobacco merchants. Plus the source of St. Barbara river with traditional its water-mills. The trails give you the chance to get a true and complete overview of the history and culture of our region .

Every corner of Drama hides a treasure. Discover its different faces and explore and you will find that each destination offers an exciting experience.

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