FROM THE DEEPEST PART OF THE CENTURY COMES ALIKI

Aliki

Tradition wants us to believe that at the ancient time of the old Hersonisos (bay), there existed a kingdom with Queen “Aliki”, but the name of this area has somehow been altered in its pronounciation.
Behind the houses which are near the shores, we can still find preserved pieces of an ancient village and on the east side of the island “ The Bay of Ierihous” where an ancient religious sanctuary is still preserved in two partially existing buildings. They were destroyed in 7th century BC. At this very place in 1886, there was a Kouros (Colossal statue of adolescent) unearthed, which is found today in the museum of Istanbul. (5) Kouros of AlikiIn Byzantine times, during the adoration of Christianity , there was a highly risen natural piece of land which was not populated, was transformed into a site of worship by the inhabitants. At this point, somewhere in the 5th century AC , two basilicas were built using materials of Sanctuary.
The historic active period of Aliki, was at the same time of the exile of the marble quarry, which carried on from the 6th century to the 7th century A.C. There are clear signs of the existence of a highly populated city which was called Marble road which led to Limenas, where still to this day, parts of this city , is preserved at the areas Petradi and Dermata.. The still existing marble quarry, at the edge of Hersonisos with the half finished marble works, shows that a huge marble factory was abandoned suddenly from the horrible occurrence, probably of the big earthquake of 365 AC or the one of 1509 AC





Today, on which ever part of Aliki you are found standing, inside or outside of its blue waters, you feel that you are living in her (Alikis) sunbeaming ancient magnificence, waiting for the moment inside where you will hear the sound of iron beating from the ancient marble workers, and for the Queen of tradition to come out and to treat you as her most special guest.

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