Paliokastro volcano at Vathy

  • Paliokastro lavadome
    The small lava dome of the ancient acropolis Paliokastro

    On the small volcano & lava dome was the castle of ancient Methana built

The volcano Paliokastro

Aerial photograph of the small lava dome Paliokastro. May 2015. (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial photograph of the small lava dome Paliokastro. May 2015. (c) Tobias Schorr

The small lava dome at the southern end of the Almyra beach was an ideal place in prehistoric times, offering protection to its inhabitants. Over time it became the acropolis of ancient Methanas, which even the ancient writer Pausanias is said to have visited.
It is a fairly small lava dome that could have been active about 100,000 to 300,000 years ago (?). Since it certainly served as a quarry, there is not much left of its original size and extent.

Photographs of the Paliokastro volcano

Aerial photograph of the small lava dome. June 2016. (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial photograph of the small lava dome. June 2016. (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial photograph of the small lava dome Paliokastro. June 2016. (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial photograph of the small lava dome Paliokastro. June 2016. (c) Tobias Schorr
Drone aerial photograph of the lava dome and the acropolis Paliokastro near Vathy. June 2016. (c) Tobias Schorr
Drone aerial photograph of the lava dome and the acropolis Paliokastro near Vathy. June 2016. (c) Tobias Schorr
Old photograph of the lava dome in January 1991. (c) Tobias Schorr
Old photograph of the lava dome in January 1991. (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial photograph of the lava dome and its acropolis Paliokastro. May 2015. (c) Tobias Schorr
Aerial photograph of the lava dome and its acropolis Paliokastro. May 2015. (c) Tobias Schorr
Night photo of the ancient entrance, made of volcanic dacite rock. November 2016. (c) Tobias Schorr
Night photo of the ancient entrance, made of volcanic dacite rock. November 2016. (c) Tobias Schorr