Ancient remains at Megalopotami

  • Ancient remains of Megalopotami
    Ancient remains of Megalopotami

    An archaeological place that hardly anyone pays attention ...

  • Ancient remains of Megalopotami
    Ancient remains of Megalopotami

    View of the region of Methana's west coast

Ancient remains at the chapel of Agios Joannis

The small plateau above Megalopotami was the ideal place for an ancient sanctuary. (c) Tobias Schorr 1991
The small plateau above Megalopotami was the ideal place for an ancient sanctuary. (c) Tobias Schorr 1991

If you follow the hiking trail D from Megalopotami into the mountains, you will eventually come to the beautiful chapel of Agios Joannis, in which an Ionic column capital was built into the front wall. There are other ancient remains in front of it. There must have been an ancient sanctuary in the area, because nobody "just" lugs marble columns up the mountain here. If you follow the path further up, you come to a plateau, on the northeastern edge of which there are ancient remains of an oil press and a column of volcanic rock. The ceramic remains scattered around go back to classical Greek times (black glazed fragments).

Photos

One of the antique perforated stones that may have served as an abutment for a wine press? (c) Tobias Schorr
One of the antique perforated stones that may have served as an abutment for a wine press? (c) Tobias Schorr
Antique stone that probably served as the axle bearing or weight of a wine press? (c) Tobias Schorr
Antique stone that probably served as the axle bearing or weight of a wine press? (c) Tobias Schorr
Fragments of antique vessels. The black-glazed ones probably date from around 300 BC. (c) Tobias Schorr
Fragments of antique vessels. The black-glazed ones probably date from around 300 BC. (c) Tobias Schorr
Base of an antique wine press. (c) Tobias Schorr
Base of an antique wine press. (c) Tobias Schorr
The small plateau above Megalopotami with a cistern and other remains. (c) Tobias Schorr
The small plateau above Megalopotami with a cistern and other remains. (c) Tobias Schorr
Beautiful view of western Methana. 1992. (c) Tobias Schorr
Beautiful view of western Methana. 1992. (c) Tobias Schorr
The plateau with the cypress. (c) Tobias Schorr 1991
The plateau with the cypress. (c) Tobias Schorr 1991
The cypress knows the way to the ancient remains above the village of Megalopotami. (c) Tobias Schorr 1992
The cypress knows the way to the ancient remains above the village of Megalopotami. (c) Tobias Schorr 1992
Ancient remains are also built into the chapel of Agios Joannis. At the entrance you can immediately see an Ionic column capital. (c) Tobias Schorr 1992
Ancient remains are also built into the chapel of Agios Joannis. At the entrance you can immediately see an Ionic column capital. (c) Tobias Schorr 1992