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The sacred Vroukounta

This is the most sacred spot of the island where its energy is at its peak. It is hard to grasp the magnitude of the ruins of the ancient city when entering its reef-filled cove by boat. The ancient Vrykous city of the Dorians may have reached its peak during the 4th and the 3rd centuriy BC, but this place seems to have been inhabited since the Minoan – Mycenaean era. The ancient city has been completely looted. Its carved tombs stand wide open with no grave goods left in them. The residents Christianized the place during the next centuries (according to reports of the Archaeological Service three basilicas were built during the 5th and 6th century) and used ancient materials to honor Ai-Giannis of Vroukounta at the edge of the cape inside a hidden cave. Walking down the stone steps of the cave the visitor-pilgrim comes across the inner sanctuary of this rudimentary church. The biggest and most important Karpathian festival takes place here from August 28 to 29 and the residents of Olympos, Avlona and Diafani have front row seats.       
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Palaiokastro of Arkasa

Arkesia was one of the four Doric cities of Karpathos. It only takes a 10-15 minute walk from Agia Sophia to reach it. The trail that is carved on the rocks may seem uphill to you but it is short and apart from the unique feeling you will experience walking through the ancient city, you will also find the view to be most rewarding. In Palaiokastro or Paliokastro, as it is also called, centuries of Karpathian history come together in a unique manner. Piles of stones from medieval buildings are accumulated over the enormous Mycenaean walls, capitals and columns are repurposed to create lodgings, ancient cisterns stand gaping with the hidden sea watchtowers right next to them. Ancient Arkesia is always open to visitors and has always something important to offer to anyone who chooses to visit it.   
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