Ancient remains at the Chelona summit

  • Ancient remains at the summit of Chelona
    Ancient remains at the summit of Chelona

    When hiking on Methana there are mysterious ancient remains to be discovered at many places!

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Ancient remains of walls waiting to be explored

The mysterious, ancient building on the Chelona plateau. (c) Tobias Schorr 2008
The mysterious, ancient building on the Chelona plateau. (c) Tobias Schorr 2008

On the eastern edge of the small plateaus below the Chelona peak there are the ancient remains of a building in a bush. Given the quality of the masonry, it was certainly not an agricultural building. There are also two ancient columns in the area, like that of the geometric temple in Kounoupitsa. It must have been an ancient or prehistoric sanctuary (temple?). There are traces of a robbery dig, because rumours (?) say that somewhere in World War II there were allegedly found 12 golden tortoise (or pigs?). Allegedly, the finds had taken German Wehrmacht soldiers with them. I don't know if there is anything true in this rumour. Any research, if they were really found and if they are in one of Germany's museums, was not successful. That such items could exist would be possible, because there are stories that a king's daughter Aithra was cured of an illness up here and the golden items were sacrificed to the gods.
Systematic excavations would also be appropriate here.

Photos

Tobias Schorr photographs the ancient building. Photo: Elias Rizos 2008
Tobias Schorr photographs the ancient building. Photo: Elias Rizos 2008
The ancient building in the bushes at the Chelona plateau. (c) Tobias Schorr 2008
The ancient building in the bushes at the Chelona plateau. (c) Tobias Schorr 2008
Hole carved out of rock that may have served as an axle bearing for a wine press? (c) Tobias Schorr 2008
Hole carved out of rock that may have served as an axle bearing for a wine press? (c) Tobias Schorr 2008
Ancient column. Chelona plateau. (c) Tobias Schorr 2008
Ancient column. Chelona plateau. (c) Tobias Schorr 2008
Crack in the rock, which was certainly used in ancient times. Chelona plateau. (c) Tobias Schorr 2008
Crack in the rock, which was certainly used in ancient times. Chelona plateau. (c) Tobias Schorr 2008
Elias Rizos on the ancient column. (c) Tobias Schorr 2008
Elias Rizos on the ancient column. (c) Tobias Schorr 2008
View of the walls of an ancient building that I marked with notes. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
View of the walls of an ancient building that I marked with notes. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
View of the walls of an ancient building that I marked with notes. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
View of the walls of an ancient building that I marked with notes. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
Tobias Schorr at the ancient building of the Chelona plateau. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996
Tobias Schorr at the ancient building of the Chelona plateau. (c) Tobias Schorr 1996