Temple of Apollo in Mesimvria - Ancient Zoni

Our last stop to the west is the town of ancient Zoni – Mesimvria

The excavations of the site have brought to light a settlement from the Early Iron Age. The relevant pottery is dated back to the 8th and 7th century BC, where the area was inhabited by Thracians from the tribe of Kikonians. At the end of the 7th century, settlers from Samothrace founded the city of “Perea”. Until recently, research connected Mesimvria to the western part of “Perea”, as Herodotus reported. The Greek population lived in harmony, without any problems with the Thracians from the 7th century until the 1st century AD, when the region was abandoned.
The city had a fortified wall reinforced with towers. Inside there was a second walled village with workshops and shops dated from the 5th to the 2nd century BC, houses with gardens, street network and two sacred buildings: the sanctuary of Demeter (4th-3rd century BC) and the archaic temple of Apollo (6th – 5 th century BC). A "treasure" of silver tiles, tributes of ancient pilgrims, was discovered in the sanctuary of Demeter while in Apollo’s, some parts of the archaic kouros and many black fragments of pottery engraved with the name of god where found. The cemetery was located just outside the fortified area, to the west of the city.


The archaeological site is open daily seven days a week from 8:30 am to 15:00 pm  except holidays. 

 

Phone number 25510-96214.