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Canal of Xerxi in Nea Roda Halkidiki
The Canal of Xerxis was a great work of antiquity built in the peninsula of Athos in Chalkidiki, the Persian King Xerxis during the Persian wars.

The canal was built in 480 BC during a campaign even the Persians. Xerxis wanted to avoid the peninsula of Athos, and the last time the company had sunk a fleet of Mardonios. The description of our canal carrying Herodotus and Thucydides, but subsequent historians have questioned the writing that the Persian king, not built Diolkos canal. However, current research shows that it was canal.

According to the description of Herodotus, Xerxis the task entrusted to the Artachaii and Vouvaris. The Artachaiis But shortly before the end of the canal became seriously ill and died, which was a big disaster and a bad omen by Xerxis. The Artachaiis buried in Acanthus with great prices.
The canal is now buried and is located between the villages of Nea Roda and Trypiti. In 2008 investigations were made by British and Greek engineers showed the exact location and its dimensions. The canal has a length of two kilometers and a width of 30 meters and its maximum depth is estimated at 15 meters. It is visible from a great height, since the location is wrong with sedimentation. The archaeological investigations have shown that immediately after use by Xerxes and abandoned over the years epichomatothike.