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Archaeological sites in Cyclades you probably didn't know

Amorgos ● Cyclades ● Ios ● Milos ● Naxos ● Sifnos ● 11 July 2017
 

Cyclades, the cradle of the Greek Neolithic civilisation and a complex with islands that have played a predominant role during the early and the late antiquity, have numerous and significant archaeological sites, most of which are internationally worldwide, like Delos and Akrotiri Minoan Site (Santorini), attracting thousands tourists every year. If you have visited these sites and you want to see something different, a lesser known and uncrowded monument, where you can find the calmness you need to feel undistracted the sacredness of a place that was the beginning of the European civilisation, these off-the-beaten-track monuments will give you the choice to do something unusual.

The ancient Towers of Sifnos

In many different locations of the island, you can admire the Ancient Towers of Sifnos, which were used from the ancient residents of the island as watch towers and protective buildings for women and children after several invasions during the 6th and 5th century B.C. that destroyed the island, while some date back to the Roman Times. The best-preserved towers of Sifnos are three, White Tower on the eastern side of Sifnos, Black Tower in Exambella Village and Tower of Katavati on the way to Vathy.


Kouros Statues in Naxos

Outside the village of Melanes, in the countryside of Naxos, can be seen a remarkable statue of Kouros. It lies on the ground, at the exact position, where it was found by the archaeologists. It is 6 meters long and dates back to the 7th century B.C. Historians believe that this huge statue represents either a god or a local hero. Another Kouros statue is located 200 m from the first, and there is also a third statue in the village of Apollonas. This statue, which looks like hidden on the ground, is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about the ancient history of Naxos, admiring this treasure in its natural place and not inside a cold museum.


The catacombs in Milos

The famous catacombs in Milos are one of the hidden gems on the island. It is estimated that they were built at the end of the 1st century, and they were used as Christian cemeteries and churches during Roman Times, when the Romans were persecuting the Christians. The catacombs in Milos are considered among the most significant catacombs in Europe due to their size, depth and structure, which show the intensity of the persecutions.


The ancient Minoan settlement of Amorgos

At Moundoulia Hill, above Katapola Amorgos, excavations have found ruins of a Minoan settlement, which dates back to the 10th century B.C! The ancient site dominates a building that was dedicated to gymnasium type activities, but you can also admire other findings, such as the ruins of a Hellenistic temple, a sanctuary from the Geometric period, a lavatory and a statue.


The tomb of Homer in Ios

In Ios, you can visit a hidden gem that is one of a kind, especially if you are a fan of the history and culture of ancient Greece, the tomb of the famous epic poet Homer! There is controversy over the birthplace of Homer, but historians are certain that Ios was the last resting place of the poet. If you visit the ancient burial site, be prepared that there, it hasn't been found something more than a pile of rocks. However, if you think about the history of this place, you will definitely appreciate it.

The Temple of Demeter in Naxos

In the 6th century B.C., it was constructed the ancient Temple of Demeter, the goddess of grain and agriculture. It is located in a short walking distance from the village of Ano Sangri, and it is an ideal place to explore the ancient architecture of Naxos.

Where to Stay

Appartment in Sifnos, Greece Giamaki Rooms
Giamaki Rooms
Apollonia, 84003 Sifnos, Greece

Giamaki Apartments are located in the capital of Sifnos, Apollonia. Seralia beach is a 6-minute drive away. Sifnos Port is 5.7 km away.

Appartment in Andros, Greece Villa Rena
9.8 10
Villa Rena
Batsi, 84501 Andros, Greece

Villa Rena is located in Batsi, just a 10-minute walk from the beach. Andros Port is 8.3 km away and Andros Town is 23 km away.

Hotel in Paros, Greece Roses Beach Hotel
9.5 10
Roses Beach Hotel
Parikia, 84400 Paros, Greece

The small family run hotel is set in Parikia, within a 10-minute walk from Livadia beach. The distance from the main port of Paros is 2 km, while the National Airport of Paros is 13 km away from the property.


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