Kataphygion fort (Ikaria) Katafygio - Καταφύγιον

Kataphygion, Archaic to Classical fort on a hill south of Katafygio in Ikaria Aegean
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Latitude: 37.638800
Longitude: 26.308400
Confidence: High

Place ID: 377263FKat
Time period: AC
Region: North Aegean
Country: Greece
Department: Ikaria
Mod: Katafygio

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Modern Description: After the scattered, agricultural centres of Mavrikato and Oxea with their wide panoramic sites, a road drops sharply off to the left to Kataphygi on the slopes below. The villages in this area have many stone houses dating from the last two hundred years: the church and adjacent school house are both fine buildings from the same period. Due south a hill rises to a summit of 470m: this was the site of the Archaic settlement of Kataphydion, which was used through and beyond Classical times as the acropolis for Therma, on the coast below. It is hard to make much sense of the lay-out of the site, since all that remain are quantities of collapsed masonry along the summit; some remnants of the lower courses of the citadel walls are discernible, however, on the edge of the south escarpment of the hill.

Info: McGilchrist's Greek Islands

(From McGilchrist’s Greek Islands, © Nigel McGilchrist 2010, excerpted with his gracious permission. Click for the books)

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