Milia

Milia is the last settlement in the west of the northern part of the prefecture of Evros, on the borders with Bulgaria. It is built on the bank of the Ardas River, a charming little village, where live 54 people. The older name was Bektas and in 1389 it was estate of Bayezid I and it had Christian population.

Milia used to be located in Paliochori, about 500 meters south of the current point, where there was a quick and easy access to the river.

In Milia was found a silver coin of the 2nd century BC century that is kept in the Museum of Komotini. One side bears the ivy-wreathed head of Dionysus, while the other represents a naked male figure standing up holding a bat, the skin of a lion and an inscription. Another coin with the head of Alexander the Great on the side and the goddess Athena on the other was found in the surrounding area.

In Palaeochori were found two baptismal fonts, the one made of marble and other of stone, and they are currently located in Milia. They were also found buried buildings whose sides and floor were covered with tiles, resembling a complex of baths.

In the old cemetery of Milia in Palaiochori was found a tombstone of the 18th century, which writes: “Herein lies the servant of God, Zouboulia, YEAR 1796 NOVEMBER, 20”.

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