The Ancient Beauty Of Kameiros

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The Ancient Beauty Of Kameiros
Duration: 2.30h ” 3h

Kameiros is an ancient city on the island of Rhodes, in the Dodecanese, Greece. It lies on the northwest coast of the island, 3 km west of the village of Kalavarda.
The ancient city was built on three levels at the top of the hill was the Acropolis, with the temple complex of Athena Kameiras and the “Stoa”.
A covered reservoir having a capacity of 600 cubic meters of water enough for up to 400 families was constructed in the sixth century BC. Later, the stoa was built over the reservoir.It is consisted of two rows of Doric columns with rooms for shops or lodgings at the back.

The main settlement was on the middle terrace, consisted of a grid of parallel streets and residential blocks. On the lower terrace are found a Doric temple, probably dedicated to Apollo; the Fountain House, with the Agora in front of it; and Peribolos of the Altars, which contained dedications to various greek deities.

During the prehistoric period the area was inhabited by Mycenaean Greeks. The city itself was founded by the Dorians. The temple foundations had begun at least as early as the eighth century BC. The earthquake of 226 BC destroyed the city and the temple. The earthquake of 142 BC destroyed the city for the second time.

The Acropolis was excavated by Alfred Biliotti and Auguste Salzmann between 1852 and 1864. Many of the findings from their digs are now kept in the London British Museum.

In 1928 the Italian Archaeological School began a systematic excavation of the area together with restoration work, which continued until the end of the Second World War.

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