The ancient city of Tragilos developed in Visaltia
inland, end of the 6th century BC and it was destroyed beginning of the 3rd century
AD. The excavations brought significant findings to light, from the Archaic and
the Classical cemetery of the city which includes large burial monuments with
paintings and relief. Part of public buildings were also uncovered, presumably
of an agora and a sanctuary. The Monastery
of John the Baptist, a dependency of the monastery
of Koutloumousiou in Mount
Athos, is located in the archaeological site of Tragilos.
This text (extract) is cited September 2003 from the Prefecture
of Serres tourist pamphlet.