A few days ago, we did a little sightseeing tour on the Velatouri, to check out all the already excavated parts of the ancient city. In ancient times, Thorikos was a mining city, and it was inhabited for a long period of time. That’s why there’s a lot of material already found and a lot to be found by us =p. We visited one of the mineshafts, the so-called “industrial quarter” with a lot of different structures (mostly houses), the watch towers (almost completely crumbled down), and -ofcourse- the oldest Greek amphitheatre in the world. Most people have never heard of Thorikos before, but its amphitheatre is way more interesting than the ones in Athens itself. Because it’s such an old theatre, it isn’t perfectly half round (like you would expect an ancient theatre to be), but partly straight with curves at the ends (if that makes any sense). The Greeks tried to make it a tourist attraction, but until today haven’t succeeded, so we have free access all day every day. Most days, we have dinner there – with bread, wine and a wonderful view at the sea! A perfect reward for long, hot, exhausting days.

thorikos mine

thorikos industrial quarter
In the middle, you can still see the base of a pillar!

black shorts

thorikos watch tower
Parts of one of the watch towers

thorikos theatre

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  • juli 16, 2014 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    Niet verkeerd, ziet er prachtig uit daar!

    • Merel
      juli 19, 2014 - 4:26 pm | Permalink

      Ja, en niemand kent het, dus je ziet er geen kip :D.

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