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Limernaria is 42 kilometers from the town of Thassos.It forms a
commune together with the hamlet of Kalives. This town rose in the
20th century to meet the housing needs of the workers in the mines
and the inhabitants leaving the medieval village of Kastro. Kastro
still stands on the mountain near the center of the island. A prehistoric
settlement has been discovered near Kastro. After the downfall of
Asia Minor in 1922, Greek refugees arrived from Turkey. This provided
the town with life and new creativity. Limenaria is the second largest
town after the town of Thassos.
Villages Of Rachoni And Agios Georgios
These two villages are still inhabited and stand in the forest. The Theodoroudis
Karapanagiotis family raised Mehemet Ali in Agios Georgios.
On the northwest coast of Thassos in a fertile plain
blanketed in olive and pine-trees, the settlements of Skala Rachoniou
and Pachi have sprung up in recent years. Skala Rachoniou is also the
harbor for another village called Rachoni. The beach and seashore are
stunning, the water shallow and crystal-clear.The inhabitants of Skala
Rachoniou earn their living through olive production, agriculture, fishing,
and tourism. Skala Rachoniou is a quiet village and an ideal place for
those searching for quiet and relaxation.
The principal archeological site is found at the rear of the old port
in Limenas. In the middle of the ancient Agora there was a court flanked
by colonnades that were decorated with statues, altars and votive offerings.
The ancient Conservatory was a place where music performances were held.
Hercules, Poseidon and Dionysus's sanctuaries were the three most important
holy places in Thassos. The ancient theatre has dominated the piney hillside
since the 5th century BC; some sections date from the Roman times. On
top of the hill the citadel towers over the site and you can marvel at
the impressive remains of the foundations of Athena's temple. While going
down along the southwest side of the wall, you pass through Silinos's
Gate, Hercules's Gate, and Dionysusís Gate and further down through Zeus
and Hera's Gates. At the archaeological museum, exquisite sculptures,
ceramics, coins and pots dug up in Thassos are displayed.
Archaeological Museum (Limenas)
Extensive collections of archaeological artifacts, gleaned from excavations
carried out at various times, are kept and displayed in the Museum, regarded
as being one of the most important in the Greek provinces. Important architectural
elements, outstanding examples of pottery, sculpture, statuettes, terra
cotta figurines of various periods, coins, relief plaques, amphorae and
a wide variety of other vessels and objects permit us to form an idea
of the institutions, life, mores and artistic tendencies of the islandís
inhabitants during ancient times.
On the northeast side of the present- day town of Thassos, near the harbor
and next to the Museum, stand the ruins of the ancient agora; they were
brought to light in excavations carried out between 1948 and 1955. The
agora consists of a vast level area, rectangular in shape, and lined on
three sides with stalls which housed shops and storerooms. On the northeast
side stood the administrative buildings and a row of cult buildings. Building
on Thassosí agorabegan in the fourth century BC and was completed in stages
up to the second century BC. It was the heart of the city, its cultural
and commercial center, and the place where locals and foreigners met and
transacted business. There are also remains of the Sanctuaries of Theagenes
and Zeus of the Market- place. Another building in this area was the Sanctuary
of Artemisor Artemision.In Roman times a monumental entrance- way was
added. To the north is the Sanctuary of Dionysusdating back to the fourth
century BC. To the north- west of the sanctuary stands the Theatre.A narrow
street leads us to the fourth- century BC Sanctuary of Poseidon;with a
circular wall surrounding a U-shaped alter. The present-day entrance to
the ancient agora is in the Museum Square.
Thassosí present-day small harbor was the ancient cityís military harbor.
Two fortified towers and a marble wall protected it. From the harbor a
stone-paved road led to the center of the agora. It was the cityís en-closedharbor;
entry to it was forbidden to any ship with a register tonnage of less
Located near Evreo-kastro,the open harbor was used for commercial purposes.
Also remaining in the sea is a section of the breakwater, on the tip of
which there was a defense tower. Both harbors of ancient Thassos were
located outside the city walls, perhaps for security reasons.
Of Athena (Limenas)
On the summit of the second hill stood a sanctuary dedicated to the goddess
Athena. All that remains today of the ancient sanctuary is a row of foundations.
Of Pan (Limenas)
Hollowed out of the side of the third and highest hill, near the summit,
is an artificial cave: the sanctuary of Pan. A relief on the wall depicts
the goat- footed god with his pipes.
Of Silenus (Limenas)
Starting from the third hill is an ancient wall with various gates; among
them are those of Parmenonand Silenus.The Gate of Silenusis outside the
town of Thassos, at the junction of the roads to the village of Panagia
and the beach of Makriammos.Nearby are some ruins of the neighboring Silenussettlement.
In the Ionic style,it is Thassosí most ancient bas- relief. Two meters
in height, it depicts Silenus with a thick beard and a horseís tail, naked
except for a pair of high boots. People passing through the city placed
offerings in a votive niche in front of his feet. The Silenus settlement
stood near this gate.
From the little harbor a stone- paved road leads to the ancient theatre
of Thassos, on the north side of town. The sagacity of the ancient artisans
and the refined artistic sense of the islanders ensured the fifth- century
BC theatre was built in this natural concavity in the terrain, with a
panoramic view of the sea, proof of the noble spirit of the Thasians regarding
the arts and culture. The theatre seated 2,000- 3,000 spectators. Lysistratus
the Thasian dedicated the proscenium, built in the third century BC, to
Dionysus.Beginning in the first century AD, the Romans remodeled the theatre
and used it for gladiatorial contests. Only the proscenium remained in
place; its carved metopes depict favorite deities. Nowadays ancient tragedies
are produced here every summer, reviving the ancient practice. Various
musical groups also give concerts.
From the ancient theatre an unpaved road runs alongside the ruined walls,
up to the acropolis, the first of a series of three hills whose summits
form a sort of plateau, 137m above sea- level. It wasprotected by marble
walls, and stood on top of the first hill. It was the site of the sanctuary
of Pythian Apollo,which also served as the treasury, where the cityís
riches were stored, and as the residence of the Hieromnemon,a functionary
responsible for managing and safeguarding the public wealth...
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