The Ministry of Culture is proceeding with the creation of an archaeological walk in Molyvos
Mithymna was one of the most important ancient cities of Lesvos with remarkable prosperity mainly during the archaic era. It has been continuously inhabited since the end of the 2nd millennium BC. until today, with the result that relics of its centuries-old history are visible throughout the area of the settlement and in the area of Dapia.
Due to its location, it developed maritime activity as early as the 8th century. BC, establishing colonies on the opposite coast of Asia Minor and controlling the sea route to the Hellespont and the Propontis.
With the aim of preserving and highlighting “iconic” points, irrefutable witnesses of the past of the ancient city of Mithymna, the Ministry of Culture is proceeding to creation of an archaeological walk in Molyvoswithin the proclaimed archaeological site of Mithymna.
The design of the archaeological walk is composed of three routes – two in the eastern part of the settlement and one in the western – allowing the visitor to the settlement to tour sites from the ancient, Byzantine and Ottoman periods, to selected newer monuments, but also to the medieval castle of Mithymna.
Based on the study of the archeological walk, rescuers emerge excavations of the period 1987 until the beginning of 2000.
Prehistoric remains have come to light, residential islands of the geometric and archaic periods, cemeteries of the mainly Hellenistic periods, bath facilities of the late Hellenistic and Roman periods with mosaic floors.
On Route 1, the visitor has the possibility to leave his car in the parking space at the entrance of the settlement and follow Michail Goutou Street, along which archaeological findings are found, which demonstrate the continuous habitation of the area from the Archaic to the Roman times. In addition, the walker encounters four newer monuments, characteristic examples of urban houses of the settlement, two Ottoman fountains, the small church of Agios Nikolaos and ends at the settlement’s ancient port. It is a short and easy route on the coastal part of the settlement, accessible to everyone, even disabled people.
On Route 2 include archaeological residential remains, important buildings of the settlement such as the old Ottoman mosque – today’s multicenter – the old Ottoman bath-hammam, the current town hall, once the residence of the Ottoman governor, the municipal art gallery housed in a mansion of traditional architecture, the building of the old post office, three Ottoman fountains and neoclassical mansions. Route 2 is a moderately difficult circular route.
On Route 3 including archaeological sites, impressive Ottoman fountains, mansions of traditional and neoclassical architecture, the post-Byzantine church of Agia Kyriaki. Route 3 ends at the medieval castle, final destination and viewpoint of the entire settlement. It has the highest degree of difficulty with uphill graded sections, leading to the Castle.
All Routes have as their starting point the archaeological site at the entrance of the settlement, near the municipal parking lot.
In the highlighted archaeological sites, bilingual information signs are planned, while there are also viewing-resting points for visitors. The spaces are highlighted with general distinctive lighting and spot lighting on the individual monuments.
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