Dion Archaeological Park, Dion, Greece
This open air archeological site houses almost as much wildlife as it does classical religious artifacts. Situated in view of the legendary Mt. Olympus, the archaeological site of Dion is a particularly watery wonderland among the hot and dry Greek summers.
Half swamp, half ancient city, the site of Dion is a playground for both archaeologists and naturalists. The city once hosted such notables as Alexander the Great, but today it’s lush greenery and ponds are home to a variety of critters. Frogs are by far the most obvious, but there is also an abundance of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, fish, turtles and weasels hiding among the ruins and greenery.
The archaeological remains are no disappointment either. The site features two theaters, one Greek and one Roman, as well as a Roman bath complex, complete with a well-preserved example of the hypocaust system used to heat the floors.
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