Rhodochori

The Rodochori is a village in the district of Naoussa in the Prefecture of Imathia and is located on the foothills of Mount Vermio. Until the enactment of the “Kapodistrias” administrative reform plan, it constituted a community along with the, shuttered by the Germans, settlements Metamorfosi and Saint Pavlos, villages which have currently no permanent residents, but are rapidly growing as summer and winter resorts.
As a community, it reached approximately 1,000 permanent residents. Today, it has around 800 voters. Immigration, mainly internal, has here its consequences too.
Since the implementation of “Kapodistrias” it constitutes a municipal district of Naoussa.
In terms of the christian church, it belongs to the Metropolis of Edessa, Pella and Almopia. It is 18 km. from the headquarters of the Metropolis (Edessa).
The first name of the village was “Mega Rema”, “Goulema Reka” in the local dialect (“great stream” in the vernacular). In 1956 “Mega Rema” was renamed Rodochori which is the official name of the village. The Community authorities then sought to rename the village “Rodopoli”. It was the name of the metropolis under which that region of Trabzon was subsumed. The ministry did not accept the request and named the village Rodochori.
The present name, perhaps not sounding nice, expresses nonetheless the natural beauty of the landscape during spring season when the whole area is blossomed.
The first name (Mega Rema) is due to a really big stream that starts from the West – South-West of the village and ends up on the South-East. The stream flows from a river formed by the waters of various sources, which during winter and spring, due to the rains and snowfall, overflows inundating the lower regions.
A second stream, also a big one, flows from the North – North-West side to the North-East and, at one point, the “Smixi” (=mingling), it meets the other one. The "Smixi" is a place of rare beauty and wildlife at the area “Krasta”, with rocks cut abruptly, forming a precipice of 200-250 meters. From the cliff one can see on the opposite side, from a distance of approximately 500 meters, the entrance of a cave. This cave, although it is recorded, remains undiscovered. It is however reported that it was inhabited during the Neolithic era.
All the hillocks and surrounding hills of “Krasta” consist of limestone covered with wild hollies. They stay green throughout year.
Thus, the village is built in a region encercled from the three sides by streams, with towering hills on the west. On the East, the plain of Giannitsa spreads up to Thermaikos gulf, and on the north one can see the town of Edessa. Lastly, on the southwestern end where Mount Vermio rises imperviously with the ski resort “Tria – Pende Pigadia”.
The village and the surrounding area have an incredible natural beauty. The morphology of the terrain has such diversity that in no case one can have the sense of monotony. It offers real pleasure and at the same time a mental and physical rest, even for the most demanding visitor. The rich vegetation and many natural springs with cold and clean water complement and summarize the beauty of the landscape.