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Apart from its modern history Epirus is also widely known for its glorious past. A past connected with the famous Dodona oracle as well as with other cities such as Nikopolis and Kassopi.

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Our luxury buses will take you straight away to the most important archaeological site of the region: Dodona, Nikopolis, Kassopi.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR DODONI, KASSIOPI, NIKOPOLIS

  Apart from its modern history, Epirus is also widely known for its glorious past. A past connected with the famous Dodona oracle as well as with other ancient cities such as Nikopolis and Kassopi. Our first stop is a few kilometers away from the city of Ioannina, at Dodona oracle whose history dates back to the 2nd millennium BC. There, the temple of Zeus together with the astonishing theatre forms a picturesque scene of the ancient times. Our next stop is at the Roman city of Nikopolis, built by Octavianus Augustus in commemoration of his victory against Marcus Antonius’ fleet and the legendary queen of Egypt Cleopatra. The city is built near Aktion, where the fierce battleship took place. Today, what is left from the city is the Auditorium, the Ancient Roman Theatre, the Walls as well as the Byzantine basilicas with its marvelous mosaics depicting scenes from the mythology. Our tour proceeds to the city of Kassopi, built on a small plain near the Zalongo range which dates back to the Paleolithic period. The city is one of best remaining examples of a city built on a rectilinear street grid of a Hippodamin plan and it is famous for its geometrical division as well as for its spectacular view. At the end of this route we visit the famous Nekromanteion, built near the banks of the Acheron River where according to the legend the gate to the Underworld was located.

THE THEATRE of dodona

THE THEATRE of dodona

In a spectacular narrow valley just 22km southern of Ioannina, the site of Dodona is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. A centre of worship for the father of gods and men, it was renowned for its oracle, thought to be among the oldest in the Hellenic world. The ancient theatre was built in the early 3rd B.C., under Pyrrhus, to host drama and music competitions.

 

city of Nikopolis

city of Nikopolis

The roman emperor Octavian, before he was conferred the name Augustus, won a truly decisive victory against the combined forces of Antony and Cleopatra at the naval battle nearby Actium in 31 BC. To commemorate his triumph, he founded the ancient city of ‘Nikopolis’ which means ‘victory city’.

 

 

city of Kassopi

city of Kassopi

It is considered one of the best remaining examples of a city built on a rectilinear street grid according to the Hippodamian system. It had 20 parallel streets intersected with wider ones, the so called “squares”. Kassope occupies a magnificent and remote site on a high platform overlooking the Ionian Sea and the Ambracian Gulf as well as the fertile lands to the south and the slopes of Zalongo to the north.

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