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Archeological Sights

Milos with such a long running history, offers as I might expect, several interesting archeological destinations.

The ancient city of Phylakopi, in which there are traces of habitation from the beginning of the Early Bronze Age (about 3000BC), was one of the most important settlements of the Cycladic civilization. The site has been excavated and admission is free, giving me the opportunity to walk through the old city that played a key role in the prehistoric Aegean. Thanks to the trade of obsidian (a volcanic rock with many uses) Phylakopi developed rapidly, also attracting would-be conquerors that resulted in it being destroyed three times.
If I stand on the surviving walls, I can admire the sea, looking at the exact same spot that its inhabitants watched thousands of years ago, waiting for the next cargo ship.

The next archeological site worth visiting is the ancient city of Klima built by the Dorians, about 1100BC and after Phylakopi had begun to decline. It is located near the present day village. The two acropoleis of Klima, on the hill of Prophet Elias and Pyrgaki, survive until today.

The most important and best-preserved monument of the ancient city of Klima is its Theater. It was built in the Hellenistic era and reconstructed in the Roman period. Today we can see what is left of the Roman phase with the semicircular orchestra. The exact format of the stage is not known, but the surviving architectural parts resemble types, which we find in Asia Minor.
I can sit on its old marble stands and probably watch a show, which occasionally takes place, usually during Milos Festival. Above the theater stand the ruins of the 4th century BC wall and the Gymnasium, which is located above the Stadium. I can also admire the impressive mosaic floors of Roman houses.
Finally, near the ancient town I can see the site where a local farmer found the statue of “Venus de Milo” (Aphrodite of Milos) in 1820; the famous statue is now one of the most important exhibits of the Louvre Museum, in Paris.