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

Information:

Catacombs:

+30 22870-21625

Municipal Tourist Info:

+30 22870-22445

Visiting Hours:

Tue - Sun: 8:30 AM — 2:00 PM

closed on Mondays

Admittance:

€3

€2 to people over 65

Free to EU students
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  • The catacombs are really worth visiting. It is a 15-20 minutes tour with a guide and it is spectacular. You can also take photos without using the flash.  more »
  • The catacombs are situated below the village of Tripiti with a stepped-down nice and scenic. Guide is a lady who is the ticket office and then with a torch shows us the various corridors. There are four halls with all the niches where Christian prelates are buried. Corridors on walkways and niches all neat and well preserved: very impressive. Next you should also visit the amphitheatre and where was found the Venus de Milos.
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  • Once you manage to descend and ascend the stairs on 7-8 minutes (difficult for the elderly and small children especially in the heat of summer), after you pay the ticket of 4 euros and after waiting to gather 10 people!! to start the tour find that space is only a few square meters which the crossing comfortably in 10 minutes. However, since the monument is being unique in Greece worth a visit though you must make substantial changes from the Eforia Antiquities for its designation as the catacombs are some kilometers and could old more sites.
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  • Very interesting to visit if you're here. The tour guide last for about 15-20 minutes Because it's a very small site. Entrance fee is €4 and it was quite informative.
  • Closed when I arrived. Seems you can only enter in a group with a guide. Interesting location.
  • Really interesting but you are only allowed to spend about 15 to 20 minutes there. Tour included and quite informative.
  • Very nice place to visit but not so much to see. Guided tour of 15min and that's it. Worth going if you have time to fill
  • Students enter for free, the rest must pay 4€ for a 15min. Tour. The guide is not a guide but a security guard who expresses herself as fast and as well as she can with her limited english. Very much worth visiting if you haven't seen any other bigger catacombs like the ones in Siracusa. Some sections have been closed due to danger of rock falling. Very interesting visit.

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Where to stay in Milos

Relatively inexpensive compared to the other Cyclades islands, Milos offers comfortable lodgings for budget-conscious travelers. Consider basing your trip in Plaka, the island capital packed with family-run inns and whitewashed villas with sweeping sea views. Adamas, the island's main port, boasts a high concentration of mid-range and luxury hotels with access to impeccable beaches. For an ultimate island experience, explore the small settlements along the coastline, where you can rent a cozy room from a local family or pitch a tent near the sea.
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