Ancient Elateia

In the municipality by the same name, Elateia or Elatia boasts remains of an agora and a temple dedicated to Asclepius with a beardless statue made to his liking. A theatre and statue dedicated to Athena are also found on the site.

Multiple earthquakes in the region have made it difficult to excavate the site, which shows evidence of habitation from 6,000 BC at least. Large tombs were found in Elateia as well, considered burial chambers that fit large gifts as well, evidence of Mycenaean civilization, Geometric era and the Iron Age. Ten of these tombs are open to the public. A Doric temple dedicated to Athena Kranaia also survive in the area of Tsouka, with more ruins around the acropolis of the ancient town.

Photo: Karentzos83

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