Alexander the Great’s Birthplace

Pella was an ancient city situated in Central Macedonia, famous for being the birthplace of Alexander the Great and his father, Philip II. It was the capital of the kingdom of Macedonia and is located on the northeastern portion of the Greek peninsula. Its name comes from the Greek word pella, which means “stone.” Pella was between the kingdom of Epirus, which lies to its west; and Thrace, which lies to its east. Paeonia is found on the north of Pella, and Thessaly on its south.

In the 3rd, 4th, and 5th centuries B.C., Pella was among the most affluent cities. It flourished during the time of Antigonus and Cassander. Today, the village of Neokhori stands on what was formerly Pella.