The Aristotle's Park, a unique theme park of Halkidiki, is located at an altitude of about 500 meters, in the historical village of Stagira, beside the remains of Machalas, the capital of Mademochoria. It is worth visiting for its interesting instruments and the great view to the gulf of Ierissos. The park preexisted and the wonderful location was chosen in 1956 to host the statue of Aristotle, made by sculptor Nicholas, in honor of the great philosopher who was born in Ancient Stagira.
The unique interactive instruments were placed there in 2003 by the Municipal Corporation of Stagira-Akanthos. They are experimental instruments, operating by rules of physics that are mentioned in Aristotle’s textbooks and especially in the one called “The Naturals”. With this addition, the park has become a favorite destination for every visitor and school, since it combines recreation, entertainment and education. It is estimated that has more than 15.000 visitors during the summer. The tower of Madem Agas is also located there, with the house that was the administrative center of Sidirokafsia mines.
Cultural Center of Ierissos
It is housed in an impressive building in the center of Ierissos, since 2004. It was approved by the European Investment Bank as a center for the promotion of the Athonite heritage and the promotion of the Mount Athos area with the use of modern technology. It has a modern amphitheater with a curved screen 50 sq.m. in size and 4 projectors for the projection of 3D movies (that viewers watch wearing special glasses), as well as an exhibition hall.
The Weaving museum of Arnaia
There is no better way of learning about the art of weaving and the local tradition than visiting this museum which is housed in a recently restored and specially configured building which belonged to a famous local weaver called Charikleia Dimitrakoudi. Indeed, the history of the handmade carpets of Arnaia is lost in the depths of time: geometrically classic designs such as “krikela”, the “scissored sun” and other techniques recorded in the rest of Macedonia and Thrace, such as the “thilota” and “with the nail”, dominate the multicolored rooms. The dominant design is the “calligraphic” Arnaian carpets that are mainly used in the decoration of the walls.