Photographer's Note

View of Kavala's harbour and historical centre with the Ottoman Fortress/castle at the top.

Kavala is the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala regional unit. It is also an important economic centre of commerce, tourism, fishing and oil-related activities, and formerly a thriving trading city in the tobacco industry.

It has been known as Neapolis, was renamed to Christoupolis, later named again and currently as Kavala.

The etymology of the modern name is disputed. Some mention an ancient Greek settlement of Skavala near the town.
Others propose that the name is derived from the Italian 'cavallo' which means horse. The city is situated on the ancient route of Via Egnatia; hence Cavala designated "the horses" (cavalla) where imperial couriers changed horses.
The French traveller Bellon, who visited Kavala in 1547, mentions a local tradition that the city initially took its name from Alexander the Great, who named it "Bukephala", after the name of his horse Bucephalus.
Another possibility is that 'Kavala' is a Turkish name, given by the Turks after they refounded the city at the beginning of the 16th century.
Last but not least, as the archaeologist Georgios Bakalakis first pointed out, there was a Byzantine fortress named Kavala close to the Byzantine city of Ikonio - now Konya - in Asia Minor. When the Ottomans brought Muslim settlers from Ikonio to establish in the territory of Kavala at the beginning of the 16th century, these people brought the name of their homeland with them.
Nowadays the city's nickname is "the cyan city" (Η γαλάζια πόλη) and the symbol of the municipality of Kavala is the head of goddess Parthenos, the patron goddess of ancient Neapolis, as depicted in the coinage of the ancient Greek city.

Partial quote: Wikipedia

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  • Copyright: Alex Fan Moniz (LondonBoy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 0 N: 661] (2600)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-12-26
  • Camera: Canon EOS 1300D
  • Exposure: f/0.6, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2022-06-28 0:24
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