The Agora of Thasos was the political, administrative and religious centre of the ancient city of the island and is the most important archaeological monument complex, which took its final form over many centuries. Early structures have been identified dating from the 6th century BC. This was a public square which was enclosed by colonnaded arcades, which formed the façade of public complex and stood out for the so called “Diodos ton Theoron”, which was one of the most important sites of the city bearing religious significance.
In the complex were discovered sculptures, statues and invaluable inscriptions, many of which are now in the Louvre museum in Paris.
In the northwestern part there is the sacred shrine of Thassian Agoreous Zeus with circular enclosure of marble columns and slabs of stone, also the tomb of Glaucus, the circular altar of Theagenes, who was one of the most glorious Thassian athletes, the altar of Gaios and Lefkios Caesar, the marble bow and the early Christian Basilica of Agora with dimensions that allowed a great number of believers to attend mass.
The Agora of Thassos was brought to light during the excavations conducted by the French Archaeological School that begun in 1911. The bulk excavation and revelation of the site took place from 1948 to 1955. The excavation of the French Archaeological School continues at the same place until this date.References:
The Castle of Gruyères is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It was built between 1270 and 1282, following the typical square plan of the fortifications in Savoy. It was the property of the Counts of Gruyères until the bankruptcy of the Count Michel in 1554. His creditors the cantons of Fribourg and Bern shared his earldom. From 1555 to 1798 the castle became residence to the bailiffs and then to the prefects sent by Fribourg.
In 1849 the castle was sold to the Bovy and Balland families, who used the castle as their summer residency and restored it. The castle was then bought back by the canton of Fribourg in 1938, made into a museum and opened to the public. Since 1993, a foundation ensures the conservation as well as the highlighting of the building and the art collection.
The castle is the home of three capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. They were part of the war booty captured by the Swiss Confederates (which included troops from Gruyères) at the Battle of Morat against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy in 1476. As Charles the Bold was celebrating the anniversary of his father's death, one of the capes is a black velvet sacerdotal vestment with Philip the Good's emblem sewn into it.
A collection of landscapes by 19th century artists Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and others are on display in the castle.