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Sights in Milos
As I mentioned earlier, Milos' coastline is an attraction in itself. But there are also other attractions, such as the unique catacombs, the ancient theatre and the site where they found the statue of Venus de Milo, all are located below the village of Tripiti so you do not have to go around the island to see the island's main attractions. There are also some interesting museums, for example the Mining Museum in Adamas. And also the settlement of Filakopi as you can read about here.
The catacombs under the village Tripiti.
Catacombs are underground burial places, often with an extensive network of carved passageways, that Christians used in Roman times. It is also in Italy (Rome) that most of the catacombs can be found. Milos' catacombs are located just below the village of Tripiti (well signposted).
The catacombs are Milos' largest historical attraction and the subterranean passageways are well worth a visit. The catacombs are thought to have been in use between 200 BC to 400 AD. They were rediscovered in 1844 by the German archaeologist Ross. The catacombs were probably destroyed in one of the many earthquakes that hit Milos.
Today, visitors can see parts of the catacombs. Wooden steps leads down to the ancient tombs. It's a strange feeling, the silence (deathlike silence!) is total, the atmosphere is a little creepy, and it's cold as in the grave. Open every day 8:00 to 15:00, except Mondays.
The place where Venus de Milo was found.
Venus de Milo is one of the world's most famous statues. The 204 cm high statue, which is believed to have been created between 150-100 BC, was found by the farmer George Kentrotas when he ploughed his field on 8 April 1820. He informed the authorities and when all parts of the statue was found they were shipped to the Louvre Museum in Paris (it is believed that the arms disappeared on the way). And the Venus de Milo is still today on display at the Louvre.
It might be no point to visit the finding-place since the statue is not there, there is nothing to see except a small sign indicating where it was found. But if you have not had the privilege to see the statue at the Louvre, you can at least boast of having seen the finding-place and the sign. The finding-place is located below the village of Tripiti, signs shows the way. A copy of the statue can be seen in the archaeological museum in Plaka. By the way, Venus is the Roman name for the Greek Aphrodite who is the ancient Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation.
The Romans built a lot when they were masters of the Mediterranean and Milos did not get away. Shortly after the finding-place of the Venus de Milo are the remains of a Roman theatre. The theatre is set beautifully and you really understand why the theatre was placed right there, the view overlooking the sea and the village of Klima is fantastic from the grandstand.
The Roman theater above Klima.
In addition it is quite well preserved. There are absolutely no barriers, so one can just put on a play and enjoy the panorama. On the way to the theatre, you can not miss the old defence walls, in some places they are said to be nine meters thick.
To be honest, Milos biggest attraction is the amazing beaches.
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