THE CYCLOPEAN WALLS

Three kilometres east of Argostoli lie the extensive ruins of ancient Krani, mainly consisting of walls with huge blocks of stone that were created in the 7th or 6th century BC. Krani is situated at the end of Koutavos Bay, built on hills overlooking the plain of today’s Krania region. According to the archaeologist Marinatos, the Krania plain was also the main area of the ancient city.
Today large sections of the walls still remain and bear witness to the ancient Greek art of fortification. The Cyclopean construction shows how ancient the foundation of the town of Krani really is.
kiklopia4.JPG (38653 bytes) They are known as the Cyclopean Walls because of the size of the blocks and must date from the Mycenean Period. Remains of a doric temple of Dimitra can be seen and in Argostoli’s Archaeological Museum there is a carved inscription “Triopis Damatri kai Kora” (in other words, Triopida dedicates this to Dimitra and her daughter, Persephone).The name of the woman who made this dedication shows the ancient ties between the island and Messinia, because the father of the mythological heroine, Messinia, was called Triopas.
 On the south side of the hill, which is called Riza, several chamber tombs from the pre – Mycenean period were found, which had been already plundered and damaged. Riza was used as the necropolis for Krani.

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