Archaeological Site of Paleopoli Andros

Palaiopoli was the ancient capital of Andros and the only City on the island during the Classical Years. It was founded in the 7th-6th century BC. and has flourished. In the 1st century AD. began its decline. In the 4th century AD. it destroyed by an earthquake and part of it sank into the sea. It Inhabited until the early Byzantine era. From the ancient city the wall is preserved up to 3 meters in some places, sanctuary, a temple dedicated to the Pythian Apollo (late 6th century BC), worshiped as the main deity along with Dionysus in Andros, cemeteries, etc. .

From there comes the Kouros, who now adorns the Andros Archaeological Museum and perhaps a Kori, which now is in a museum in Copenhagen. The archaeological excavation has revealed the city of classical times with its agora, the sewerage and irrigation network and most importantly, that its inhabitants knew how to work metal. So they could exploit the mineral wealth.

The excavation has brought to light, also houses of the early Christian centuries, as well as a three-aisled basilica, which is preserved in good condition at a height of three meters. It is likely that the temple was destroyed by the great earthquake of 552 in the Eastern Mediterranean, where the temple was replaced by a smaller one. In 2009, a mosaic floor was revealed in the central aisle basilica of the 5th century, with the names of the two landowners on it, Euphrosyne and Maria.


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Paleapoli, Andros