Ptolemaida is one of the largest reserves of lignite in Greece and one of the most important
power plants providing electricity. The modern name Ptolemaida was introduced honoring
Ptolemeos son of Lagus, a comrade-in-arms of Alexander the Great and founder of the
Ptolemaic dynasty, and his daughter Ptolemaïs, who are said to originate from that region.
Ptolemaida basin is surrounded by magnificent mountainous villages hidden in dense pine
forests. Archeologists have discovered the remains of two farming villages dating back to the
Neolithic period and findings are exposed in the Museum of Paleontology of the city.
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