Hellenistic and Roman Villa and Late Antique Basilica, Pythagorio

These ruins of Hellenistic and Roman villa is situated on the western hill of Pithagorio, near the church of Metamorphosis and the castle of Logothetis.

Ancient Villa, Pythagorio

Ancient Villa, Pythagorio

The villa was first constructed in the second century BCE, and renovated during the imperial period.

Ancient Villa, Pythagorio

Ancient Villa, Pythagorio

The remains of the villa is not much, only the foundations and some columns. Some of the features, however, remind us how gorgeous it was.

Ancient villa, Pythagorio

Ancient villa, Pythagorio

Column in red stone

Column in red stone

Sculpted stone

Sculpted stone

In late antiquity (fifth century), one part of the villa was converted in to a Christian basilica and a small chapel, as you see in this photo.

Late Roman basilica

Late Roman basilica

The photo below shows a relief with Christian symbols.

Relief with Christian symbols

Relief with Christian symbols

At the centre is the Chi-Rho sign (a kind of cross made of two Greek alphabets, x (chi) and r (rho), two first letters of Christ), and in the same circle, alpha and omega, representing the beginning and the end, and on two sides there are two doves.

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