Anafi The temple of Apollo Aiglitis

In the isthmus connecting the peninsula of Kalamos with the rest of Anafi and specifically within the precinct of the monastery of Zoodochos Pigi (or Kato Panagia) the remains of an ancient temple dedicated to Apollo Aiglitis, or Anafeos, are preserved intact.

It is a rare case of cohabitation between a Christian pilgrimage and a pagan temenos, since the equivalently adjusted stones from the yard and the nave of the ancient temple remained intact, unlike other ancient building materials of the area which were incorporated into the walls of the following monastery complex. At the same site, which operated as a worship centre since the 7th century BC, offerings to Zeus Ktisios, Artemis, Aphrodite and Asclepius were found.


A statue of Apollo Aiglitis coming from Anafi is exhibited in the British Museum of London today.

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