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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

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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  • Catacombs are underground Christian cemeteries. These are very well preserved, although looted many centuries ago. An English-speaking guide will tour you at no additional cost than the entrance ticke...  more »
  • ... This catacomb complex, situated in a beautiful location-with bus stop not too far-is part of ancient Milos, near the Roman Theatre (open access) and the remains of the ancient city walls. The catacombs you enter in small groups, at €4 per person; the tour, despite the kindness of a young Guide, is a little hasty.
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  • Our visit was short ,but it was really worth it. The ancient theatre near this monument is also worth visiting.  more »
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  • 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
  • Good guided tours are available here. The location is small but nice. You would most likely spend 45 min here.
  • Worthwhile visiting. Guide not very informative. Short stay of 15 minutes for €4 each.
  • Really cool spot but they limit your time in it and you are very limited in the areas you can visit. Also, they charge 4 euros, which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't limit your time and areas you can visit.
  • If you visit the island you should definitely go to Catacombs of Milos. You can see a part of island's history.

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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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