At a distance of 33 kilometers from the city of Edessa and very close to the ski resort of Kaimaktsalan, is the traditional preserved settlement of Old Saint Athanasios or Tsegani, as it was called in the past. Built at an altitude of 1200 meters, at the foot of Mount Voras, despite the fact that it had died a few years ago, it is now the most winter destination in Northern Greece. The village was built at the end of the 16th century by breeders and builders from Epirus, while in 1992 it was classified as traditional.
Visitors, who choose Palio Agios Athanasios, are enchanted by the traditional stone houses with tiles, examples of traditional local Macedonian architecture, built of hewn stone. With the creation of the Kaimaktsalan ski resort, the village was transformed into a secular settlement, which is considered one of the most beautiful mountain settlements in Greece, with traditional guesthouses, impressive restored houses, quaint shops and, above all, nightclubs, which promise intense evenings to the excursionists, who wish to have fun until morning.
Since 1995, when the residents started to return to Old Agios Athanasios, it has turned into a winter tourist resort and attraction for winter excursion enthusiasts. The picturesque stone alleys of the village transport visitors to other times, while one of the most important attractions of Old Agios Athanasios is the Church of the Ascension which was built in the late 1700s.
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