PLACES OF INTEREST
The ruins of an ancient city survive to the northof the island, near the village of Pa-
laiopoli, where in 1874 Austrian archaeologists excavated the site of the sanctuary of
the Cabeiri.It consists of two temples dedicated to the Cabeiri (4th and 5th centuries)
a stoa (west side), and Asrinoeio (north side) - a circular structure dedicated by king
Lysimachus to his wife, Arsinoe. To the east lies the Ptolemaeio, built by Ptolemy II of Egypt.The Colossiaio Walls, remains of the ancient city of the settlers from Samos
are to be found on higher ground. The two towers of the Castle of the Gatelouzo family survive at the two extremes of the walls. The famous statue of the <<Victory of
Samothraki>> was taken from here to Paris in 1863.
THE CABEIRI MYSTERIES
The island of Samothraki became know to the Greek world, during the classical
period, as well as to the Romans later, as a result6 of their worship of the Great Gods
which included <<Mysteries>> equally important as those of Elausis. The origin of these Mysteries dates back to the pre-hellenic times. In 650 BC, when the island was colonized by the Greeks, elements of pre-hellenic and hellenic worship were incorporated. The basic characters in the ancientworship were the Thracian goddess
Axiocerus or Axierus (Mother-Earth or Demeter to the Greeks) with her husband,
Cadmilus or Casmilus (Hermes), as well as the Cabeiri, protectors of the sea-faters
and traders. Other characters include the deities Hades and Persephone, under their
pre-hellenic name of Axiocersus and Axiocersa.
The Archaeological Museum in Palaiopoli which containts finds from excavations on the island, is worth a visit. So the Folklore Museum at Hora, which is a testament to the cultural heritage of the island. The church of Koimisi tis Theotokou is also located at Hora and contains icons dating to 1875. In 1978 the settlement of Hora was declared a listed area.
Hotels are to be found in Kamariotissa, Therma and Palaiopoli, while rooms are let at Hora and Karyotes. There is a camping site a short distance from Therma. The
beaches of Pachia Ammos and Kipos are highly recommended for swimmingand the island's mineral water springs are well known.
Some of the famous products of the island are the olives, olive oil, cottage cheese, honey and goat meat. Hora is well known for its walnut and apricot traditional
Every day is a new experience for the visitor, as he discovers the countless beauties of the island, which include the "Old Vathras" in Therma, the waterfalls of
Fonias ("the Killer"), the traditional settlemend of Chora, Gatilouzi's Fortress, the
mystic environment of the Archaeological Site, the impressive beaches of Pachia
Ammos and Kipos and the underwater lushness which remind the visitor of Cousto's
documentaries ending up at the slope of mountain Saos, ideal for trecking with engraved routes.
This is Samothraki which invites you to visit and promises an unforgetable