Sanctuary of Poseidon
The Doric temple was most likely built in 6th century BC (although the exact date it was built is not known), and is not the biggest or the most fanciful of the ancient temples. The structure is very simple, with 36 Doric order columns.
Besides being the cult centre of Poros, it's also famous as the location of the suicide of the famed orator Demosthenes, who poisoned himself with hemlock in 322 BC to escape a venengeful ruler.
- Historical Travel
Sanctuary of Poseidon
Sanctuary of Poseidon on Poros
Of the Archaic temple in the sanctuary of Poseidon, only the foundation ditch is preserved. The temple was built in the 6th century B.C. The stoas of the Agora and the Bouleuterion were built gradually during the 4th and the 3rd centuries B.C. The identification of the so-called "Asklepieion" or the "Heroon of Demosthenes" is not certain.
Excavations on the site were conducted in 1898 by the Swedish S. Wide-Keljberd and have not been resumed ever since. The most important monuments on the site are:
The temple of Poseidon.
Stoas of the Agora and the Bouleuterion.
"Asklepieion" or "Heroon of Demosthenes".
- Family Travel
- Museum Visits
THE CLOCK TOWER
The landmark of Poros is the Clock Tower, built in 1927.It is the highest point of the island and to visit it needs a bit of climb.Unfortunately, we didn't visit it because it was a really hot day and we chose to go the beach.
Poros means "crossing", and it is from this that the whole island takes its name. On the edge of this crossing, built in amphitheater form on the slopes of a hill, is the cheerful island town which is the port of Poros and the island's most important settlement.
The town of Poros is a beautiful and picturesque place with neoclassical buildings built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill. The clock tower is its most famous landmark. Take a walk to the clock-tower, the town's highest point and the island's "trademark" and enjoy the views which open from there.
Along the pier, the visitor sees plenty of cafeterias, restaurants, tourist shops, many bars and discos with Greek music. There are many little taverns spread among the pictures - due backstreets of Poros.
You may watch my 1 min 24 sec VIDEO-Clip Greece Poros Island Cruise from my YouTube channel with the popular Antique "Dinata Dinata" song.
The landscape of the Poros Island is very hilly and mountainous. The highest peak is the Vigla (about 360 m) in the west-central part of Kalavria.
At the top of the highest hill of Sferia where Poros town is situated you can see the clock tower and that is the symbol for Poros town. It was built in 1927 and was completely restored in 2002.
The Clocktower is imposing from the distance on the highest top of the hill, among prickly pears and pine trees. It is visible from every part and it is the jewel of the town.
Though the Tower has very simple appearance when you watch it closer after 10 minutes going upstairs it really worth visiting because the view from here is wonderful.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Poros Clock-tower on Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 29' 53.10" N 23º 27' 11.34" E
or on my Google Earth Panoramio Photo 1, Photo 2.
Poros Archaeological Museum
At the center of the town you can find the Archaeological Museum. It is situated at the Korizis Square and holds items from the Sanctuary of Poseidon, as well as other pieces from sites nearby.
The museum was constructed in the 1960's, in a plot donated by the Koryzis family. The building cannot be extended, unless the Greek State purchases the plot next to the museum.
The museum contains collections of finds from the excavations of the sanctuary of Poseidon at Kalavreia, finds from the excavations of the French Archaeological School in Troezena, collections of funerary stelae, ancient inscriptions and Geometric pottery from Troezena, ancient inscriptions and Hellenistic figurines from Methana and collection of finds from the old excavations at Hermione, including pottery, bronze vessels and figurines.
Winter period : Monday: Closed, Tuesday - Friday: 08:00 - 14:30 Weekends and Holidays 08:00 - 14:30
From July 1st to October 31: Daily: 08.30 - 15.00, Monday: closed.
I was short of time and didn’t attend this museum though it’s very interesting I think.
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Galatas - Peloponnese mainland.
Regular water taxis and caiques cross this narrow channel which divides Poros from the mainland.
Apparently many visitors take the 5 minute crossing to Galatas, then head for the nearby beaches of Aliki or Plaka, or hire a bike from a shop on the quayside, to explore the fragrant lemon grove of Lemonodassos and its waterfall.
There are estimated to be about 30, 000 lemon trees here!
Beyond the lemon groves are miles of flat terrained roads, which pass through apricot and olive groves.
With the newly completed road to Korinth, it is possible to be at the ancient site of Epidauros within about 15 minutes.
Troizina, Korinth, Mycaenae and Olympia are also accessable.
Taxis wait at the quayside area.
- Budget Travel
The Clock Tower
This attractive clock tower, is THE landmark in Poros, situated high above the harbour.
It was built in 1927, and can be seen for many miles around.
The bell rings hourly, on the hour.
In summer , I should imagine that it could be quite a climb for some. For me, in March, I was glad of the walk to get warm!
I understand that it's a popular spot for watching the sunset.
- Budget Travel
Vagiona Bay Beach
On the north of the island is Vagiona Bay. Its quite a trip here and you need to either have your own transport or take a taxi. The drive here is stunning and from above the bay is deep blue. The beach is somewhat stony and not ideal for children as the waters drop off quite deep from shore. It is however a great place to snorkel so remember to bring the equipment with you. There is a caravan where you can buy drinks.
Russian Bay Beach
On this stretch of coast Russian Bay is the last beach. An old Russian Navy base gave the place its name (ruins of the buildings still remain) There is a small bar which hangs old parachutes up to offer its patrons a break from the sun. Very popular with yachts that moor here overnight, it is also possible to get a water taxi here from the main town just remember to arrange a pick up time!
Claypso Bay Beach
Calypso Bay, blink as you drive by and you will miss it. Shallow sandy beach, again with its own taverna nestled among overhanging native pine trees, which can provide much needed shade in the strong summer sun.
Neirio is perhaps the largest beach on Poros Island, it has many hotels, tavernas and restaurants to choose from. The beach is well looked after and popular with the locals. Here is a windsurfing and water skiing school, so plenty of activities along with sunbathing.
Mikro Neirio Beach
To the east of the main island are a range of beaches. First is Micro Neirio a small bay with it own beach cafe, nestled among the pine trees its a quieter beach than its big brother Neirio Bay a little further along the road.
Askeli the beach is long and popular in the summer months, it has many tavernas along its front where you can take a break from the the sun bathing and have a cool beer or meze. Here the beach is great for children, shallow clear waters. There is a large water sports activity center at the end of the beach, where you can try your skills at water skiing or take to the skies with a go at parasending. Beach volley ball is also popular here with a sectioned off area.
Monastery of Zoodoghos Pigis
Today the main historical attraction of the island is the Monastery of Zoodoghos Pigis or 'Virgin of the life giving spirit' situated 7 km NE of Poros town. The l8th Century monastery is built around the island's only spring. Its deeply wooded grounds overlook Askeli bay. It's noted for its finely carved wooden iconostasis. Within the grounds lies its cemetery, where fighters of the War of Independence against the Turks are interred. You can also see the grave of a British philhellene who gave his life in the struggle.