A ‘Roman trail’ leads us to Trainoupolis
The ruins of an important Roman city, Trainoupolis, are situated 14 km east of Alex/polis and south of the village Loutros. The city was founded by Emperor Markus Ulpius Trianos (98-117 AD), on the axis of the celebrated via Egnatia, remnants of which you can see o the right side on the road to Loutros-Monastiraki, and comprised the new urban centre of the declined Samothrace Perea.
The location was probably selected because of the medicinal sources that are still in operation today. The Romans maintained the Greek policies on civil organization and according to inscriptions and coins testaments we are aware of the existence of sacred senate, municipalities and tribes.
A burial tomb of the 1st century BC was recently excavated on the outskirts of Trainoupolis with numerous offerings, which are on display in the archeological museum of Komitini. In the same museum you can marvel at a solar clock, dedicated to the 9 Muses, and marble embossed icons, of the 11th and 12th century of a military and young saint respectively.
There is a variety of activities that you can do when you visit Trainoupolis, like take a dip in the medicinal water of the thermal springs, go bird-watching in the Delta, go trekking and hiking in the Dadia forest or simply take a relaxing walk through the plane trees.
The Centre for Environmental Awareness that is hosted in Trainoupolis will promote the development of mild tourism and eco-tourism as the conditions in the wider area are ideal for such activities.