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It is one of the greatest pre-historic settlements in the Aegean. The structure of the settlement was dense and there has been a great effort by the excavators to separate the different periods of inhabitation based on the respective architectural remains. An important element is the existence of cyclopean walls which are visible today in great length and height. The archaeological research has shown traces of habitation since the beginning of the Early Bronze age (circa 3000 BC) until the middle of the Late Bronze age (circa 1250 BC), with the only exceptions being a sanctuary and a megaroid building of the Mycenaean period whose use was continued until 1100 BC, when the town was abandoned.
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The ancient Roman theatre

It is located in a wonderful location, right above Klima and below the settlement of Trypiti overlooking the sea. The ancient town of Milos is found in the area. Wall ruins of the 4th century BC and the Gymnasium, which was built above the Stadium, were found. The ancient Market was found in the location of Tris Eklisies (Three Churches), where an early-Christian baptistery is located as well. The most important and the most well-preserved monument of the ancient town is the theatre which was excavated by the Bavarian architect Carl Haller von Hallerstein in 1817. It was built in the Hellenistic era and it was reconstructed in the Roman era. Today the Roman phase is visible. 7 tiers (of about 700 spectators capacity) and 6 stairways are preserved along with many remains from the stage and relief marbles of great art.
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The Early-Christian catacombs

They are the only preserved catacombs in Greece and it is worth visiting them. It is an underground cemetery dug into the soft rock of the area, which dates back to the 2nd century AD and it was used until the late 5th century AD. It is considered to be the cemetery of the first Christian community on the island. The site is impressive and evocatively lit. At the first hall you will see an elevated tomb in the centre, the “Table of martyrdom” (Mensa martyrum). The length of the corridors reaches 184m. 291 tombs have been found which date back to the 1st-5th century. It is estimated that there were 1.500-2.000 tombs in the whole area and 8.000 bodies were buried in them (others say they were 10.000) since each tomb had many burials. They are arched (“arcosolia”) and the tomb stood at their base.
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