Friday, August 19, 2011
Waterfall in Edessa
Walking beneath the waterfall.
Edessa means "city on the water"..
Edessa (Έδεσσα), the capital of the prefecture, is built on the plateau between Vermio and Vora with a view of the plain, abundant vegetation, flower-filled gardens and many water springs. Northeast of the town, at a verdant location with a beautiful view, the famous waterfalls of Edessa can be found. "Edessa" means "city on the water". The name comes from the old Phrygians, who colonized this region even before the Macedonians, in the 9th century B.C. Later, as part of Macedonia, Edessa played an important role as the capital city. Later still, during Roman times, the famous Via Egnatia passed through here. Centuries of natural rock erosion and weather phenomena have created a multitude of bigger and smaller waterfalls that can be admired in today's waterfall park of Edessa. The volume of water from the biggest waterfall, called "Karanos" falls about 70m. You don't expect it, but behind the waterfall there is a little cave that can be explored by the curious visitor.... At the very top of the falls, they've diverted part of the stream into an attractive garden, complete with mini waterfalls, footbridges, and of course, lots of flowers. They have also turned other parts of the stream into channels rushing between buildings as well as a cafe. Today the waterfalls are a well-known site of the immense beauty for the whole of Greece and the rest of the world.