Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece (II)
Lefkada is a Greek Island in the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of Greece, which is linked to the mainland by a long road and a floating bridge. It has many beautiful beaches and amazing landscapes. This article series covers the best tourist objectives in Lefkada, Greece. Subscribe to our Blog and make sure you don’t miss any of our travel news & updates!
4. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Ai Lias
Built at a height of 1.015 meters, above the village of Egklouvi, is the chapel of Ai Lias and it is the best location for a view of the whole Lefkada from above.
The date that the chapel was built is carved on a stone above the chapel’s entrance: 1 May 1869. The floor was laid in 1890 as inscribed on one of the tiles. In 1879 a big earthquake struck and the chapel collapsed. It was rebuilt without a dome, but rather a tiled roof. A cistern is found outside the chapel, which is surprising at such a height.
5. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Archeological Museum of Lefkada
The Archaeological Museum of Lefkada is housed on the ground floor of the Town Hall along with the Cultural Centre. It is small but very significant. Its remarkable collection of findings, photographs and the information that accompany them give the visitor an idea of the dynamics of the region, the changes it suffered, which determined its economy, the relations amongst the different regions and the inhabitants’ activities during ancient times. An important section of the exhibits has been derived from the excavations carried out by the archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld who used innovative methods and interdisciplinary ways of searching the island for evidence to substantiate his theory that Lefkada was Homer΄s Ithaca. The exhibits of the Museum cover a long time period, from the Paleolithic Period all the way through to the Roman Period. They have been found in different locations of the island, such as in the ancient capital Niriko and the surrounding regions, in the caves of Heirospilia (in Eugiro, a village in the south of island), in Asvotrypa (in the village of Fryni – a suburb of the town), in Heirotrypa (an area of Apolpaina village), in the cave of the Nymphs in Agia Kyriaki, in Mpoliatsos Cave (in the central and highland mainland), in the burial mounds (Early and Middle Bronze Age), in Nydri, in the graveyards of the ancient town of Lefkada, in the Skaroi Mountain, in Meganisi etc.
The Museum, which is considered one of the most important tourist objectives in Lefkada, Greece, is housed in the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Lefkada (A. Sikelianou & N. Svoronou). The findings appear to cover a large time period that begins from the middle of the Paleolithic Age (200.000 – 35.000 B.C.) up to the later Roman Period. The museum exhibits the finds from the excavations of German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, in a separate space, who developed the theory that Lefkada was Ithaca in Homer’s poems. The museum houses tools, ceramics, brass items, jewelry and grave gifts mainly from ancient Niriko, Nydri, Hoirospilia in Eugiro and the cave of Fryni.