Archeological Sites

Everything is closed on a Sunday in Greece so we took the day off and ventured out for a bit of look round. We’ve been to Lavrio four times previously but have never visited the local sites which is slightly embarrassing. It has a rich history of, originally, silver mining then many other metals going back to 3000 BC and continuing to the 1980s, and there are many buildings left over from those times.

Thorikos is one of the oldest amphitheatres in Greece. It was started in the 6th century BC and completed in the middle of the 4th century.

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There are lots of spring flowers everywhere. Fabulous to see the poppies out. It makes you remember why the poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. They must have all been out when the ANZAC forces landed at Gallipoli on 26 April 1915 to fight the Ottoman Army.

The Temple of Poseidon is perched high on a cliff at Cape Sounion just south of us. It was thought to have been built in 444BC by Iktinos, a famous architect of the time. It’s made of local marble and has 16 Doric columns. It was also heaving with people off three cruise ships that were reluctant to stop posing in front of it.

Old ruin built in the early 1950s.

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2 comments

  1. I am envious of your lovely Greek weather! It sounds like you had an interesting day, despite the cruise ship people. We enjoyed our stay in Lavrion very much. Tim once stayed in the marina for almost three weeks when I flew back to the U.K. several years ago. I also remember going to the outdoor cinema in Lavrio.

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  2. The original ANZAC day was 25th April 1915 (not 26th), good read just the same. The most exploring I’ve done at Lavrion is trying to find the port police and even worse, customs. Catch up soon guys.

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