Archaeological sites

The hill  on which the ancient city was located extends to an altitude of 327 metres. Ruins of the asty ,the Anafian city-state can be seen there, the city was probably established in the 8th century BC by Dorian colonists, and dominated islands life until the end of antiquity.


The  city walls ,as well as extensive ruins of the city’s cemetery ,can be seen at Kastelli. Rich finding from the Roman period, during which the islands flourished ,are scattered throughout the area, one particularly impressive finding is the sarcophagus located next to the historic chapel of piragia  Dokari.


No excavations have been carried out on the island of Anafi. The statues that were dispersed and visible all over the island were collected in a small space next to Citizens’ Service Center. There were two roads starting from the ancient city: the one led to the area known today as Katalimatsa, where the seaport of the town was located. The other road called Iera Odos (Holy Road) started from the east part of the town and led to the temple of Apollo Aiglitis (where the Zoodohos Pigi Monastery stands today).



High sections of the temple as well as the enclosure walls that are still preserved to this day compose the enclosure of the Monastery.



The enclosure is made of enormous rocks of the same size built in a row and is preserved to this day. Monastic cells as well as various other buildings of the Monastery are built on the enclosure.


The temple is located on a spot of exquisite natural beauty. That is why on the very same location ancient Anafians created a complex of buildings dedicated to the worship and welcoming of the worshipers. Apollo Aiglitis statue is exhibited in the British Museum. Each year a fest called “Yakinthia” was held in honor of god Apollo.


The collection of the findings is open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-14:00.


  • Η Παναγία στο Δοκάρι και η ρωμαϊκή σαρκοφάγος