In the historic village of Stagira, in an amazing location at an altitude of approx. 400 m., next to the ruins of Mahalas, the capital of the Mademochoria, stands the Park of Aristotle. It is the only themed park in Halkidiki. It is worth visiting to see the interesting instruments and to enjoy the lovely view of Ierissos Bay. The grove preexisted and the wonderful site was selected in 1956 as the location for the magnificent statue of Aristotle, created by the sculptor Nikolas, to honor the great philosopher who was born in ancient Stagira.
The original, interactive instruments that are found in the park were first installed in 2003 by the Municipal Enterprise of Stagira-Akanthos; today, the park is managed by the Municipal Enterprise of the Municipality of Aristotle. The instruments are experimental, and they operate based on the natural laws cited in the writings of Aristotle, particularly in Physics. At the care of the Municipal Enterprise, in July of 2015 the statue was cleaned by a special crew, restoring the original color and texture of the Dionysus marble from Attica.
With this addition, the Park of Aristotle has become a beloved destination for individual visitors and school groups, as it offers the perfect combination of recreation, entertainment, and learning. In the same area there is also a restaurant – coffee shop with an awesome view of Ierissos Bay and Mount Athos. It is estimated that in the summer months alone, it welcomes over 15,000 visitors.
In the park area you can also see the tower of Madem Aga and his konak, which also served as the administrative center for the mines in the Sidirokafsia region.
Opening hours :
09:00 am-06:00 pm
October General Admission: 1 Euro
Τ: (+30) 23760 41327
Solar clock. The horizontal solar clock tells the time at its location. The difference from official time is 1:25 in the summer, and 0:25 in the winter. Inside the curved lines, in addition to the time we can also see the current month.
Lens. Each photon (particle of solar energy) on its own has minimal energy, but when many photons are concentrated on a point, the energy increases greatly.
Compass. Philosophy has no location; it is universal and belongs to humanity. Aristotelian philosophy has reached every corner of the world, and it is the starting point of contemporary scientific thought.
Pentaphon. Depending on specific gravity and mass, each material will produce, through percussion, a different sound frequency. The 5 granites correspond to the scale of the ancient pentaphon.
Optic Disks. When images pass with great speed before the human eye, we do not perceive them as separate (e.g., the cinema).
Pendulum. The energy of the system that begins the oscillation is transferred through coupling to the other system, resulting in the width of oscillation decreasing in the first system and increasing in the second.
Hydro-turbine. The energy created by turning the lever creates a vortex in the water, much like the circular motion of the air creates a whirlwind.
Inertia spheres. Transfer of momentum when the spheres collide, where the momentum is preserved and transferred sequentially from one sphere to the next until the last one.
Parabolic mirrors. The sound waves carried by the wind are reflected on the parabolic mirror and their energy is concentrated in the center. The same phenomenon is repeated on reflection.
Telescopes. Using the telescopes, visitors can better enjoy the fantastic view of Ierissos Bay and the Athos Peninsula from the park.
Aristotle’s clock. In 2019, a new exhibit was installed. It is a hydraulic alarm clock that Aristotle invented in order to wake up soon after falling asleep to dedicate more time to his studies, as reported by Diogenes Laertius.
It had the form of a large hourglass, similar to Plato’s alarm clock. When the hourglass became full, small spheres (pebbles) fell on a dish, creating an earsplitting sound.