Kilkis – Torch Relay Greek Route
Athens 2004 Olympic Games Pin
The Olympic Flame past from Greek City, Kilkis.
The 2004 Summer Olympics Torch Relay took the Olympic Flame across every habitable continent, returning to Athens, Greece. Every citywhich had hosted the Summer Olympics was revisited by the torch, as well as several other cities chosen for their international importance.
The relay was the first time the Olympic flame had travelled to Africa, India and South America. The flame was transported from country to country aboard a specially-equipped Boeing 747 leased from Atlanta Icelandic (Registration TF-ARO) called Zeus. On board the flame was carried and burned continuously in specially modified miners lamps.
Kilkis is an industrial city in Central Macedonia, Greece.
Kilkis is located in a region that was multi-ethnic in the recent past and is known by several different names. The name of the city in early Byzantine times was Kallikon, and was also known as Kalkis or Kilkis by the Greeks. In church Codix of 1732 it is mentioned as Kilkisi. In the South Slavic languages it is known as Kukush, while it was called Kilkitsi or Kilkιi by the Ottoman Turks.
The Kilkis Archaeological Museum is located in the city of Kilkis in Central Macedonia, Greece. It opened in 1972, its purpose being to collect finds handed in by private individuals and unearthed during excavations in the Kilkis area. The exhibits are arranged in the rooms in chronological order, they date from the Neolithic to the Roman period, and they come from excavations in the settlement of Kolchida, the cemetery at Palaio Gynaikokastro, the archaeological site at Filyria, and other parts of the Kilkis Prefecture.
In the entrance hall are the prehistoric finds from the excavations at Tsaousitsa and Axiochori, and occasional finds (stone statuettes and amulets) from Pedino, Gallikos, and Axioupoli. The first hall has Iron Age finds, the most important of which are the funerary urns, the bronze jewellery, and the iron weapons from the cemetery at Palaio Gynaikokastro. In the second hall are sculptures, inscriptions, and grave stelai of the Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. The most important exhibits are the Kouros from Evropos, which represents a young man and dates to the 6th century BC, and the four statues from the heroon at Palatiano (2nd century AD). The room also contains clay figurines, pots, and some outstanding jewelry.