The path of the Argive heroes

Starting point: Argos

Distance: 5 km

Level: Easy

Hot spots: Ancient theater of Argos, Nymphaeum of Argos, picturesque chapels, panoramic view of argolic gulf at 300m altitude, the castle of Larisa with the great monument the carved marble column of the heroes of Argos, monasteries from 1859 & 1700, imposing rocks, cave, pine trees.

Visit time period: All year

Brief description:

It is a circular path which starts and ends into the Ancient Theatre of Argos joining unique monuments.
The ancient theater of Argos was built in the late 4th century BC, it has a capacity of 20,000 people and it is carved on rock.
The path starts to become an uphill and we find the first small chapel of St. George where in ancient times it was referred to be the temple of goodness Aphrodite. The view from there is beautiful! The whole city of Argos and the Argolis Gulf are in front of you! It is a great opportunity to make a short break to enjoy the view.
Continue on, walking uphill & passing through pine forest we reach the castle of Larissa in 289 meters  altitude, at the Pelasgian means “Acropolis” and it has been built in prehistoric times with cyclopean walls to separate below those of classical times, the Romans , the Venetian and Frankish. The view from the top is panoramic and will leave you amazed!

At  the top of the mount we will enter to the castle & we will meet at the west of the inner wall a carved column indicating the heroes of Argos, from which it has been taken the name of this path.
The path begins to be downhill, passing through olive groves and the view changes into a different scenery, with the plain of Argos and the surrounding mountains to embrace the landscape ..

We will pass in front of the famous local monastery of Panagia Katakekrymmenis  (historic monastery founded in 1700, while in ancient times there was the temple of Hera. Chance for another stop with the loukoumaki  ( jelly sweet)  to be so welcomed offered by the kindly hospitality of the monks.

Continue on the path starts to be descend & suddenly before us, a mighty red rock getting our attention and next to it a mysterious cave. The ancient residents of Argos(Argioi-Argives) probably organized into those rocks of the cave the sport of “shield” against the Big Heraea while tradition says the cave to communicate with Larisa’s tanks castle. Also the ceiling at the entrance of the cave is decorated with paintings of the 16th to 17th century (which have not been investigated and identified).

We get back to the pine forest where we find the Nymphaeum Criterion (from this point passed the Hadrian’s aqueduct, which brought water from the area Stymfalia- Prefecture of Corinthia). Cyclopean walls, the carved rock relief in the form of “Rider” and the aqueduct complete with the best way the circular route of the path.
The silent but majestic theater waiting for us to step down its stairs and to visit the archeological site.

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Posted on December 30, 2013, in Start from Argos. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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