Ancient Eretria


Ancient Eretria was a major maritime power with an eminent school of philosophy, and was destroyed in 87 BC by the Roman commander Sylla. Its scant but fascinating ruins lie scattered around town; pick up a map at the Archaeological Museum. Southwest of the ancient hilltop acropolis (north of the main road) are the remains of a 5th-century-BC theatre and a 4th-century-BC temple; the most fascinating site is the House of Mosaics (370 BC), with pebble mosaics depicting mythological scenes.

Other remnants include baths, walls, a gymnasium, and the Temple of Apollo Daphnephoros with its origins in the 8th century BC. Allow a couple of hours to explore the ruins.

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1. Archaeological Museum of Eretria

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4. Kamares

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Around 2km east of the centre, just north of the bus station, this well-preserved Roman-Venetian aqueduct spans a busy road.

5. Archaeological Museum

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This turn-of-the-20th-century building houses ancient artefacts uncovered in both Halkida and nearby Eretria, including a headless torso of Apollo dated…

6. Synagogue

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7. Agia Paraskevi

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8. Tzami Emir Zade

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