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Archaeological sites of Salamis

Salamis, apart from an island with beach houses, also has major archaeological sites

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

    The claim of Salamis by both the Athenians and the Megarians, led to a military conflict between the two powers in the early 6th century BC.

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

    The Kanakia acropolis dates back to the Late Neolithic period (4th millennium BC) until shortly after 1200 BC.

What I can see

On the east side of the island, on the Ambelakia peninsula, is the ancient city of the classical era, which was probably built by the Athenians. According to tradition, the Athenians occupied the island in the early 6th century BC. Today, the few surviving traces have come to light as part of rescue excavations. In the southwest of the island, in an area of about 45,000 sqm, the Mycenaean acropolis and the residential fabric of the island centre of Kanakia have been located, which reached its peak in the 13th century BC. The palace complex is largely preserved and it is possible to be restored. Here was the centre of the kingdom of Telamonian Ajax, who was also among the main heroes of the Trojan War. Τhe Cave of Euripides and the Hellenistic Sanctuary of Dionysus on the south side of the island are also interesting.

What I can't see

The lord of the city of the classical period was paid by Athens and the army that protected it was Athenian. At the tip of the Kinosura peninsula, a victory trophy was placed in memory of the Battle of Salamis (480 BC) against the Persians. Today, only a small part of its base survives.


  • Address: Kanakia district


Camp J., (2001), The Archaeology of Athens, Yale University Press, New Haven and London


Kattoula T., (2014), Mycenean Acropolis at Kanakia, Salamis, in Navigating the routes of Art and Culture, Part 3, Athens, Ministry of Culture and Sports