Underground ruins, Kotzia Square

Right in front of the attractive neoclassical National Bank of Greece building, this site which lies just beyond the ancient city walls reveals three streets and a cemetery dating from the 9th century BC until the third century AD.

There’s also a pottery ‘mall’, i.e. a complex of pottery workshops and pottery kilns from the third and fourth centuries AD along with the remains of houses.

Over 650 graves were excavated here, from sarcophagi and tile graves to children’s burial jars. Grave gifts found here include animal figurines, terracotta vases, bronze mirrors, coins, gold jewelry and more. The main street here seems to have been in use for some 700 years, until the Heruli (a barbaric tribe from Northern Europe) destroyed and pillaged the area and the whole city.

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