Samothrace - Culture

One of the Greek islands of great importance during antiquity, Samothrace has a lot to offer culture-wise. From ancient findings, which suggest that the island was inhabited since prehistoric times, to the references in the Homeric epics, Samothrace was always one of the centers of Greek culture. In ancient times Samothrace was famous for the cult of the Great Gods. The Sanctuary , which was dedicated to these occult gods, hosted then fine exhibits of culture, such as the famous statue of Nike of Samothrace . The Cabeiri mysteries that took place here were one of the most important occult rituals in ancient Greece. Afterwards, it was the Byzantine culture that left its mark on Samothrace. It is said that there are 999 churches and chapels on the island! Some of them, like the Panagia Krimniotissa  or the Monastery of Agios Athanasios  are great examples of that culture and its heritage. The medieval Towers of Samothrace  are cultural monuments of the Venetians, built during the occupation of the island by the Genoese family of Gateluzzi.
  • Towers of Samothrace (Gateluzzi towers)

    The Gateluzzi Towers of Samothrace were named so after the Genoese conquerors who built them at various points for the fortification of the island.

  • Folklore Museum of Samothrace

    The Folklore Museum of Samothrace showcases a typical house of the early 20th century, with furniture and the personal belongings of the local residents.

  • The Sanctuary of the Great Gods

    The Sanctuary of the Great Gods is the most important archaeological site of Samothrace, with impressive monuments. This is where the Mysteries of the Cabeiri took place.

  • Archaeological Museum of Samothrace

    In the Archaeological Museum of Samothrace one can admire all the archaeological treasures of the island, as well as a cast of Nike of Samothrace.

  • The shrine of Apostle Paul

    The shrine of Apostle Paul was built in 2007, in order to commemorate the night he spent on the island of Samothrace, in the beginning of his tour through Europe.

  • Panagia Kamariotissa

    The icon of Panagia Kamariotissa was found in the sea and is celebrated on Bright Thursday.

  • Panagia Krimniotissa

    The chapel of Panagia Krimniotissa is built literally on the edge of the cliff at the southern part of Samothrace, near the beach of Pachia Ammos.

  • Monastery of Agios Athanasios

    In the village Alonia you will find the Monastery of Agios Athanasios of Samothrace, a dependency of the Monastery of Iviron on Mount Athos.

  • Assumption of Virgin Mary of Samothrace

    The Assumption of Virgin Mary of Samothrace is the largest church in Chora, where the skulls of the Five Neomartyrs are kept.

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