Ancient Kamiros is one of the most significant historical and archeological sites on the island of Rhodes. If the past tickles your interest, then your list of locales for sightseeing in Rhodes must include Ancient Kamiros. One of the important cities that formed the ancient Rhodes state, Kamiros is one among the popular tourist attractions on this island off the coast of Greece.
Ancient Kamiros lies close to the promontory of Agios Minas, also known as the Ancient Mylantio. Previously one of the three large Doric cities of the island, Kamiros united with the cities like Ialyssos and Lindos in the 5th century B.C. to create a more mighty state of Rhodes. The city was an important commercial center. Though the city was established by Dorians, it is believed that the first inhabitants were Achaeans. The ruins of an ancient Mycenaean necropolis near Kalovarda village makes the fact all the more evident.
Essentially an agrarian society producing oil, wine and figs, ancient Kamiros, Rhodes experienced its golden period during the 6th century. It was the first city in the Rhodes islands that introduced its own coins. The fate of ancient Kamiros, Rhodes is often compared with the city of Pompeii which contradicts the facts. The decline of the city was caused due to the gradual decline of the population which moved on to Rhodes. Some of the places that will catch your fancy are the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, the market, and Doric temple with characteristic arches.
The Monastery of the Virgin Mary in ancient Kamiros is built on an older temple of Athena dating back to the Third century BC. You will find many of the artifacts excavated from the site in the Louvre Museum, and the British Museum.
Ancient Kamiros Map
Facts about Ancient Kamiros
- The archeological site of Ancient Kamiros was discovered during excavations in 1929.
- The Roman city of Kamiros was constructed on a hillside overlooking the sea.
Where is Ancient Kamiros?
Located on the north-western shore of Rhodes, ancient Kamiros is 30 kilometers from the city.
Best time to visit Ancient Kamiros
Spring and early summer are the best times to visit Greece. Thus plan your tour to Greece during these seasons.
Ancient Kamiros Hours
Ancient Kamiros sites open on all days except Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. during the winter season. During summer season the site opens from 8:00 a.m. to 7:40 on Tuesdays to Sundays. It opens from 8:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Mondays.
Ancient Kamiros Tickets
The ticket prices are as follows:
- Adults: €4.00
- Pensionists citizens of the European Union: €2.00
- Student residents of the European Union: free entrance
- Students from outside of the European Union: €2.00
More on Ancient Kamiros
Nearby Attractions: Medieval City of Rhodes, Palace of Grand Masters, and Acropolis of Rhodes.