Archaeology

There may not be a complete ancient structures and fortifications on Karpathos, but ancient civilizations from the Mycenaeans, Minoans, Dorians and Phoenicians to the Byzantines and Saracens centuries later all left this mark in some way or another on this island. A few sites remain of the four ancient cities that have reputed to flourish on the island, and what is left reveals a lot of history and life on Karpathos with is very long history.


In 1923 excavations in the area of Arkasa discovered the remains of and acropolis at the Church of Agia Sofia (previously Agia Anastasia). Mosaics, a graveyard and some inscriptions from the later period remain, so do ancient columns.
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Remains of an early Christian church emerged during excavations at Lefkos some 50 years ago, complete with mosaics and parts of a large apse, indicating a flourishing civilization between the 1st and 7th centuries AD.
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This ancient city where the capital of Karpathos lies today thrived in Roman and early Christian times. However, it was inhabited as far back as the Neolithic and early bronze period, revealing a wide variety of remains and surprising finds.
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Vroukounta was one of the island's four ancient Doric cities. Only remains of the ancient walls are left as well as burial chambers carved into the rocks. You'll also find parts of three Paleo-Christian basilicas and some graves.
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This uninhabited island north of Karpathos is full of ruins from ancient times. It was also a Saracen/Arab base for Pirates dating from the 7th to 10th centuries, with remains of buildings from that era.
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In the greater region of the village of Aperi there are remains of what today is known as the Castle of Aperi and of an ancient acropolis. The Tomb of Diogenis in Lori can also be found here.
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Above the picturesque village of Diafani with the island's second port, there are remains of a Byzantine bath in an area known as Kampi. On higher ground there are remains of a Paleo-Christian basilica.
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