Archaeology in Ionian Islands


Nirikos was Lefkada’s capital, it was founded in 2000 BC and experienced significant economic prosperity due to its strategic location off the western coast of mainland Greece.
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One of the most recent discoveries, this tomb housed Mycenaen kings in their afterlife and dates back to 1300 BC.
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Believed to be the white cliffs mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey and the location of the Gates to the Underworld, it is also the place where the poetess Sappho took her own life.
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The museum’s exhibitions span the island’s archaeological history and feature the oldest surviving Greek pediment from the Temple of Artemis Gorgon, the exquisite Lion of Menecrates, and the busts of the historian Thucydides and the dramatist Menander.
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Dating back to the 2ndC BC up to the 4thC AD, this compound of graves suggests Kefallonia was of vital strategic significance during the Roman era.
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Located approximately 2 km south of Corfu Town within the Mon Repos estate in the Kanoni area,Palaiopolis is the site of the ancient city of Corfu and includes the Ancient Agora (only a few sections are visible),the 6thC BC Doric Kardakio Temple dedicated to Poseidon or Askleipion,and Roman Baths built in the 1stC AD.
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Take some time to explore the remains of what used to be an acropolis near Sami village – this Ancient Greek acropolis was also mentioned in Homer’s texts. Walls date back to the Hellenistic period, while there are also remains of a Roman theater and Roman baths nearby. Look for the mosaics as you explore.
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Built in 1293 by John Orsini, a Frankish ruler, this architectural gem is one of the best examples of Medieval fortification in Greece. It’s surrounded by water and within its walls you can see the remains of Venetian buildings as well as visit the 15thC Church of St. Maura.
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Stone tools and artifacts dating back to 4000 BC and belonging to the Classical and Roman times mark this as an important site. Excavations are ongoing throughout the summer and visitors can request a guided tour from the on-site working archeologists and even volunteer.
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This stunning museum houses all important archaeological artifacts found on the island, including those resulting from Dörpfeld’s digs in Nirikos, Hirospilia and Nydri. Artifacts date from the Paleolithic Era to the Roman Era. Make sure you admire the beautiful clay figurine of a woman dating back to the 3rd C BC.
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This 6thC BC grave monument features one of the oldest surviving Ancient Greek inscriptions. The 10-verse text dedicates the monument to Menecrates, a Corfiot statesman, in honour of his contribution to Corfu town. It is located in Garitsa.
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This museum is a must-see for everyone. It holds some of the most significant Mycenaean artifacts ever to be found in Greece – the result of excavations that discovered the Beehive/Tholos Tomb and the Roman Grave Complex. Jewelry, pottery and other tools are featured, as are artifacts found in a cave.
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Visitors will find exhibits and artifacts found in Palaiopolis, including household, commercial and religious objects that reveal interesting aspects of the private and public lives led by the ancient Corfiots. Only 3 km from Corfu Town, the museum is easily accessible.
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For a glimpse into the island’s Byzantine past, visit this veritable Byzantine ghost town razed in 1536 by Ottoman warrior Barbarossa. Located close to Kakia Lagada canyon, you’ll find the remains of 12thC monasteries, over 20 Byzantine churches and almost 80 homes that made up this former capital.
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Highlights of this site – the island’s capital city in Antiquity - include a sanctuary dedicated to Aphrodite, the remains of walls and buildings.
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Minoan graves and the remains of an ancient castle are visible at this site. Inquire at the museum for more information.
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Make it a point to explore parts of this semi-preserved Roman villa which dates back to the 2ndC AD. Although some sections are in ruins, you’ll be able to admire the stunning mosaics and the baths adjoining the villa. Look for interesting inscriptions as you stroll through this site.
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