Choros Kaveiriou

Lemnos, Greece

The ancient temple of Kavirio on Lemnos is situated 3 kilometers from the archaeological site of Ifestia, just opposite to Tigani Bay. It is an ancient sanctuary dedicated to the two gods Kaviri, mythical gods of northern Aegean with mystic ceremonies.

The sanctuary of Kavirio, which was assumed to have been built around the 6th or 7th century BC, is older than the one in Samothraki, where this particular god was also worshiped. There is also a belief that Kaviri were sons of god Hephaestus. They were thought to be talented technicians and they were worshiped as gods of the sea, the vineyards, and fertility. Kaviria Mysteries were celebrated every year and they were associated with the revival of nature.

The site of Kavirio was brought to light in 1937. The excavations can be seen separated by a trench. There was a telestirio or else initiation hall, a palace and an arcade on one side. On the other side, there is a larger telestirio with twelve Doric columns. The sanctuary contained many inscriptions that gave information about its construction and the history of the island.



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Lemnos, Greece
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Founded: 7th century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greece

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ioannis giavasis (16 months ago)
Nice archaelogical site, althought the are only few ruins left to see. The sea views and especially the cave of Filoktitis make it a must-visit place.
Terzidis Dimitrios (18 months ago)
You should also visit the cave of Philoktitis. Request the tablet that will help you know about every spot in this monument. If you want to enter Philoktitis cave you must enter the water.
Stacy Garrett (20 months ago)
We took a guided tour organized by Seaborn Cruises. The history is very rich and a must visit if you are at all interested in learning about pre Christian religious practices.
dimitris papadopoulos (2 years ago)
Not much to see but is a well preserved place and has a wonderful cave if you are slim enough to pass by the hollow entrance. Clean and peaceful, has a nominal fee to enter. Recommended!
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