Pella Prefecture

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Pella Prefecture (Greek: Νομός Πέλλης) is one of the prefectures of Greece. Its capital town is Edessa. The prefecture was created out of the then-gigantic Thessaloniki Prefecture in 1930 and is named after the ancient city of Pella, the capital of ancient Macedonia.[1] The prefecture is in the periphery of Central Macedonia, in the geographic region of Macedonia.

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Note: Provinces no longer hold any legal status in Greece.

Geography

The mountains lie to the north and the southwest especially the Vermio mountains, the Voras mountains to the northwest and the Paiko mountains to the northeast. The southernmost portion is flat and in the ancient times, it was a gulf connected with the Aegean Sea, the elevation does not succeed about 5 to 10 m (16 to 33 ft) above sea level. Pella is bounded by the prefectures of Kilkis to the northeast, Thessaloniki to the east, Imathia to the south, Kozani to the southwest, by Lake Vegoritida to the southwest, and by Florina Prefecture to the west. On the north, it is bounded by the national border between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia. On the other side of the frontier, the district of Brod lies to the northwest and Gevgelija to the northeast. Its famous attraction are the ancient Pella and Edessa including its small waterfall.

History

In antiquity, the area around the modern Pella Prefecture was part of the Kingdom of Macedon. It later became part of the Roman Empire and later the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. Following approximately 500 years of Turkish rule, it joined Greece in 1913, following the Balkan Wars.

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