Visit the Christian Catacombs While on the Island of Milos
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Milos is one of those islands that can only accurately be described as surreal. This island has a long history of volcanic activity and this is reflected in its landscape, particularly on its beaches. This is something that has enchanted inhabitants and visitors for centuries. However, there are other reasons to visit this island besides that, including the Christian Catacombs. Here’s more information about the Catacombs of Milos, which is a site you won’t want to miss:
Getting to Milos Island
Before you can visit the Catacombs, you must first make your way to the island of Milos. If you’re headed to Milos from Athens, it’s especially simple. You can either take a flight from the Athens airport or a ferry from the port of Piraeus, which is a short drive from Athens. Once you arrive at Milos, you’ll want to find your hotel and see some of the sites. Just be sure to plan some time to visit the catacombs before your stay is finished since this is a nice example of an early Christian burial place.
Visiting the Catacombs
Once you do arrive on Milos and you do want to check out the catacombs, you can either head there in a rental car, taxi, or by taking the bus. Just take the bus to Trypiti and get off at the T-junction. Follow the signs to the catacombs. These are actually the only Christian catacombs that are located in Greece, which is one of the reasons why it’s one of those places you absolutely need to visit.
The trek to the catacombs can be slightly strenuous if you are headed there on a walk from the main town, especially during the warmest part of the day. No matter how you arrive here, you’ll want to bring plenty of water just in case it’s hot. In order to really get the most of it, you will want to find a guide who will take you through the catacombs and explain to you exactly what the place is all about.
Once you arrive, you’ll see what the catacombs are all about. These were located near modern-day Trypiti by the ancient agora, which is why it’s a bit of a hike from the main town, since agora marketplaces are usually set on a bit of a hill. It is also close to the ancient theater of Milos, which is also another site that is worth spending time at. Used as family burial chambers in early Christian times, visiting this place is a humbling and historic experience. It’s also pretty neat to see this early cemetery in person.
Sure, there are plenty of things you can do on the island of Milos. Although you can certainly spend most of your time at the beach, eating in restaurants, and shopping, the catacombs are worth visiting at least once.
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