The Archaeological Site of Thorikos in Athens: This archaeological site is located close to the port of Lavrion, approximately 50 km away from Athens.
There, you are able to admire the ruins of one of the oldest theaters of the ancient world.
This historically significant monument is among the remains of the ancient seafront settlement of Thorikos. Note that Thorikos was one of the towns that Theseus united in order to form the city of Athens. It is relatively well-preserved, considering the fact that its estimated date of construction is between 525 and 480 BC. It is believed that some parts of the theater were reconstructed later on.
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As for its structure, it has 21 rows and 4,000 seats, as well as the ruins of a small temple and an altar dedicated to the god Dionysus.
Unlike the majority of other ancient Greek theaters that are horseshoe-shaped, this one is oval-shaped with a rectangular orchestra.
The biggest known Mycenaean tumulus tomb is also located nearby, on the hill of Velatouri, as well as the remnants of a 6th-century smelter and an ancient graveyard.
The entire area is full of various findings, including ruins of ancient houses, unidentified buildings, a 5th-century temple dedicated to the goddess Demeter and Kore (Persephone) and a 4th-century tower.
Despite its significance, the theater has not been restored and remains a hidden gem. Except for its historical significance, the site offers a panoramic view of the sea and several olive groves!
How to get there
The Archaeological Site of Thorikos is located close to Lavrion.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: (0030) 18288, (0030) 18222, (0030) 18180. You can also book your taxi online.
Car rental: There is the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Archaeological Site of Thorikos and many other places of interest in Athens at their own pace.