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Catacombs of Milos, Milos

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The Catacombs of Milos, in Milos Island, dating from the 1st - 5th century, are among the three most important of the 74 discovered worldwide, together with the catacombs of Rome and the Holy Land. It is possible that the Catacombs of Milos are older than the ones of Rome.

Perhaps only a small part of a sizable necropolis at the foothills of the village of Trypiti, the Catacombs of Milos were used by the early christians first as a burial site and later also as a place of worship and a refuge after persecution by the Romans became widespread. The Catacombs of Milos are considered to be the most important early Christian monument of worship in all of Greece.

Excavations commenced in 1843 by professor Ludwig Ross, 3 years after the discovery of the monument, but after it had been already ransacked by tomb raiders. Thus far, 3 sections have been unearthed, spanning a total length of 183 meters in several passages. It is estimated that upward of 2,000 christians were buried in the 291 arcosolia and floor tombs used as family graves containing 5-7 dead each. Currently, access to the monument is limited to the main chamber of section B, the Chamber of the Presbyters (Elders) as well as the main chamber of section A, plus a small section of the northwest passage.

Still visible to the visitors of the Catacombs of Milos are inscriptions on the walls including the Monogram of Christ and the ecumenical Christian symbol "ΙΧΘΥΣ", hollows used for lamps and votive gifts to the departed, and a couple of graves of infants.

There is ample evidence that most of the first converts to Christianity in Milos were Jews. There was a substantial Jewish community on the island, as well as indications that St. Paul himself, was shipwrecked in Milos on his way to Athens from Crete. Consequently, when St. Paul encountered his own ethnic element in Milos, according to professor Adolph von Deissman, "...his teachings fell like a seed on fertile soil".

The Catacombs of Milos

Trypiti, Milos 84800



+30 22870-21625

Municipal Tourist Info:

+30 22870-22445

Visiting Hours:

Tue - Sun: 8:30 AM — 2:00 PM

closed on Mondays



€2 to people over 65

Free to EU students
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  • Probably should be done as recommended in some sites and go early in the morning and not at 11 when I went, but there was some people and found that the wait was a little long especially compared to 10 min. (maybe less) of the duration of the visit. Then, if like me, you don't know English well make it hard to follow what the Guide says, because maybe not do a pause when it switches from Greek into English, but maybe that's my problem. However, I also understand that repeat the same things a thousand times a day is not the best but I found the guide a little dismissive. The path is quite short. The price is 4 € per person. Worth a stop just because once you are in Milos might as well see more things possible and the nearby Roman theater, which has its own because, although it would be nice to have a guide for that too.
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  • It is the second most important site in the world after the one in Rome. Are not comparable to the Acropolis Museum of in short, considering that it is in this island for its natural beauty, a visit to the catacombs and the nearby Theatre (both are not valued as they should ... Sin) you can safely insert in the program of the holiday. The visit is short, right, are seen only two of the four was nonetheless impressive especially for someone like me who never had entered a catacomb. Among other things from the site (located at the top of the Hill) you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of Klima (see also this is 5 minutes quod or, if you like, walk along a path) and, if you go in the afternoon, you can go then to Tripiti to enjoy a cocktail at sunset. Go for it.
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  • Fun walking tour of the catacombs, where we were able to see three different sites that had dozens of two moons where the Catholics set up a temple in the middle of the catacombs for prayer. 
  • About 2000 Christians were buried in the catacombs, the most important ones outside Rome. Entry fee was 4 euro, a guided tour included.
  • The catacombs are very important attraction of the island and each visitor is worth to come here.
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