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Aghios Andreas

The Mycenaean acropolis

The hill of Agios Andreas, situated in a strategic position dominating the whole island and the surrounding sea, is one of the most important places of historical and archaelogical interest in the Cyclades and in Greece.

The excavation have gradually exposed the remains of a settlement of Mycenaean Era (12th century BC) and later periods (6th-5th century BC).

You can see the remains of the Mycenaean walls and the entire fabric of the city, including a large sanctuary and other buildings of later historical periods.

The site was first discovered in 1899, but the earliest excavations to unearth the old acropolis began in 1970. Since 1997, a stepping up of the research led to the conclusion of the excavations in 2007.

The project for the conservation of Agios Andreas received in 2012 the Prize for Cultural Preservation “Europa Nostra” because it represents an excellent example of exhibition and enhancement of archaelogical remains. A small museum at the entrance of the archaeological site has a collection of the objects found during the excavations, bearing testimony of the daily life of more than 3000 years ago.

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SlowSifnos.com • 2014