Thessalonians and visitors can take a “walk” in an almost unknown, but very important ancient city near Kilkis. It is about Morrylo of ancient Christonia, the history of which is presented to the public, through the first periodic archaeological exhibition for 2024 of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki (AMTH) in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities (EFA) of Kilkis.

In the exhibition entitled “Metropolis of Morrylion” 135 objects are displayed, which prove the existence of this city at least since the 4th BC. century.

However, Moryllos began to emerge in the first decades of the 20th century (around 1930 to 1940), while this emergence continues to this day, based on more systematic investigations by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Kilkis (such as geophysical investigations with the help of the corresponding department of the AUTh from 2018) and with systematic excavations from 2020.

“Ancient Morrylos is located on a rise above the great plain of Christonia, just 18 kilometers south-west of the city of Kilkis and right next to a flat-topped hill (bank), very close to today’s modern community of Ano Apostolo” he stressed yesterday evening, during the opening of the exhibition, the head of EFA Kilkis and deputy head of EFA Imathia Georgia Stratouli.

“It is an important urban center of the Hellenistic and Roman times, which occupied a strategic position in Christonia, controlling road arteries, roads for the movement of goods and goods, as well as the passage of military units, while it also had great agricultural and livestock production, just like in the days us” he added.

The Asklepiion of Morrylos

In Morrylo, the sanctuary of Asclepius was located at the most prominent point of the city and attracted crowds of believers even from neighboring cities.


The exhibition presents inscriptions, honorary resolutions, as well as sculptures of Asclepius and his family.

In one of these resolutions Paramonus, the son of Samagoras, is honored because he offered Morrylus and her Asclepius a cow, which was of productive age and in a short time reproduced and created a herd of cattle.

“Another honorable resolution refers to a wealthy citizen and her sponsor, Alketas, who contributed financially to restore the city walls, when at some point they had suffered serious damage,” explained Mrs. Stratoulis.

Presenting what is still mentioned in the inscription, he underlined that Alcetas additionally supported and fed his fellow citizens in difficult times, while also offering a lot of grain in the market.

The exhibition will last until December 31 and entry is free.