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Catacombs of Milos

Last Update: Jul 2012
Archaeological site, Cultural heritage TRYPITI , MILOS , GREECE
Tel.: +30 22870 21625
Opening hours:
01Jun - 31Oct Tue-Sun, 0800-1500
01Nov - 31May Tue-Sun, 0830-1500

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Catacombs of Milos - Overview

  A Christian community cemetery dating from the end of the 2nd century AD and continuing in use to the end of the 5th century. It consists of a complex of three catacombs, comprising large, low passages with other smaller passages and a burial chamber joining. Passages join the three catacombs together. Niche-like graves (arcosolia) are cut into the side walls of the passageways; some of these were family graves. Graves were cut likewise into the floors of the passages. The graves are decorated with plant patterns and symbolic representations.
  The existence of these catacombs in Melos shows that Christianity was established very early in the island and that Melos provided a bridge for the transmission of Christianity from Asia through Jewish traders. There was a prosperous Jewish community in Melos based on the trade in Melian minerals.
  The catacombs were first explored by the German archaeologist L. Ross in 1844, followed by the French archaeologist Bayet in 1877, G. Lampakes in 1907 and finally in 1927 by G. Soteriou.

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  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 210 3218075, 210 3251044, Fax: 210 3313448, Email:  
    2nd Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Athens

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Cemetery • Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324 • Early Byzantine period, AD 324-610

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