Antikythera of Greece

Mechanism, AntikytheraIf you speak about a travel plan to Greece, possible recommendations you might receive will be about the Antikythera Shipwreck. Well, it is located on a Greek island off the edge of the Greek Aegean Sea. Geographically, it is between Peloponnese and Crete. Some also recognizes it near the Mediterranean Sea. So you get to see the Anatolian peninsulas and the southern parts of Balkan. It is pretty close to Turkey. Antikythera has another way to be spelled, like Anticythera. The word ‘Anti’, you know it is meaning the ‘opposite’. Kythera on the other hand is Cythera which used to be part of the Ionian islands. Historically, after Napoleon ended the Venetian Republic in the 18th century, the island Cythera was one of those being incorporated. The Napoleonic era is nonetheless, tempestuous. Nature wise, bird migration enthusiasts will notice that this location serves as a stop-over during the seasonal movements for migratory birds. Antikythera is a longitudinal island with very low human activities, thus drawing such migratory birds, making it an important stop-over site. Other than this, it became the site for breeding Eleonora’s Falcon – in fact, the largest breeding colony in the world! The Antikythera wreck has found and recovered many artifacts. Bronze arm of statues were one of the first findings. Amongst others were a discus thrower, statues, bronze Antikythera Ephebe, a Hercules, a bronze lyre, a marble bull and a gear wheel known as the Antikythera mechanism or the oldest known analog computer which was used to calculate astronomical positions. This wreck was possibly in BC 60-50 thus you can find interesting discovery of items related to the rising Roman elite. This period is possible the Hellenistic Era and Rome’s democratic period. The exhibition will last til April 2013 at the National Archeological Museum.

Antikythera Attractions

Philosopher of AntikytheraOther than the Antikythera Wreck, you should also check out the castle. It is a stronghold of ancient Aigila with walls which dated back to the Hellenistic period. 75 acres of city’s ruins, also there is an inclined slipway consisting of a storage mainly of warships. Next is the Temple of Apollo at the small bay of Xeropotamos. Nothing beats stepping on the steps carved from rock, leading you to the castle. Check out the other medieval monuments near Potamos, a main settlement which was built during the fourth century AD. Religious sites include seven churches on Antikythera.

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