Archaeology in Ilia


Near the ancient city of Trifilia, founded south of Olympia on the valley of Alfios river, lies the acropolis of Ancient Samia or Samiko in what is known today as Kato Samiko.
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Alifeira is situated on the top of a steep hill over the modern village of Alifeira. This hill is also known as the Nerovitsa Castle. It was occupied by Philip in 229 BC and then became a member of the Achaic commonwealth.
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Once a very powerful city, Figaleia was surrounded by a thick wall and with circular and rectangular towers which are still in evidence today and in relatively good condition.
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Ilida was the capital of the prefecture Ilia and organized the Olympic Games. There are some excavations and buildings from Greek and Roman times.
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Built in a strategic position, Ancient Lepreo was a powerful city that strategically controlled all passages to Ilia, Messinia and Arcadia. This city would have frequent conflicts with the Ilians who were their main rivals.
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The ruins of the ancient town (Tipanai or Aipi), occupied the hill of mount Lapitha on the southern part of the village Platiana, near Olympia. It is situated inland, some 17km from the Kiparissian bay.
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The city of Trifilia is 3.5 km south of Olympia, where excavations revealed a settlement from the mid-Hellenistic period. The Ilians destroyed the twon in 572 BC and the Spartans dominated it around 400 BC before surrendering it to Xenophon.
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Olympia boasts a sophisticated new museum containing some very old pieces indeed. Press the Read More link to discover its riches...
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Another almost equally important ancient site in Greece is Bassae, where the Temple of Apollo Epicurus (Epikourios) lies.
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Here are some good examples of roman baths with subterranean waterworks and a ceramic furnace. There's also a large public building (use unkown) as well as foundations of homes dating from the Hellenistic and Roman years.
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Found in an area called Klidi, the tomb was unearthed in 1954 and it contained 16 graves, with many important artefacts that were moved to the museum in Olympia.
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The area of Kakovatos is an important Mycenaean site where chamber tombs and fortified settlements were excavated, northeast of today’s village of Kakovatos.
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This is the most significant city of the mountainous region in Ilia which borders with Arcadia and Achaia. It was located in the Kapelis plateau surrounded by particular plants called foloi.
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Mazi is located close to the current village Skilloundia, some 6 km from Krestena. Excavations revealed a graveyard in which 13 tombstones from the classical period were discovered.
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In a mountainous and inaccessible northeast side of Ilia between Panopoulo and Agia Triada lies an elongated graveyard with dozens of Mycenaean tombs.
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Only 10 kilometres from Pyrgos, Olympia stands as one of the most important sites of Greece, where the first Olympics came into being and thereafter became a legend in this part of the world.
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Located in a mountainous region east of Anditsaina the village of Theisoa was called in ancient times Lavda. Ruins of houses are found in the area, with parts of temples along with some inscriptions.
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There are ruins of a byzantine bath located in Fragoklisia, beside the banks of a small stream. The remains are hauntingly strange, today overgrown with foliage.
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Travel through the different excavations to learn how history is unearthed. Get to know the excavation teams throughout the years through photographs, designs, engravings, etc. Excavations, tools and techniques explained!
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In the most impressive building in Ilia's capital, this museum used to be the city's main market yet now houses different archaeological collections as well as art exhibitions. If you're passing through Pyrgos, this is a must see!
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