People of art. On the island of Crete, archaeologists discovered an ancient odeon 2000 years old (photo)

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People of art. On the island of Crete, archaeologists discovered an ancient odeon aged 2000 years (photo)

Behind its shape, the building looks like a theater, but it was probably used for completely different purposes.

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The ruins of Lissos are located in the southwest of the largest Greek island of Crete. These are the remains of the old town. Getting there is not at all easy. Therefore, archaeologists did not conduct research there for years.

However, work has recently resumed. During the excavations, a unique find was discovered there – an odeon. Archaeologists believe that it was used for lectures, concerts and city council meetings, writes Live Science.

It is believed that Lissos was inhabited by people before our era. It was an important stop on the Mediterranean trade routes. Many of its ancient structures have survived to our time in almost excellent condition. In particular, these are residential areas, the unique temple of Asclepius, Roman baths and Christian churches. Now archaeologists have also discovered the odeon.

Odeons originate from ancient Greece. This building was similar in shape to a theater, but was much smaller in size. Mostly declamatory and musical competitions were arranged in it. The newly discovered odeon looks like a modern auditorium.

People of art. On the island of Crete, archaeologists discovered an ancient odeon 2000 years old (photo)

People of art. On the island of Crete, archaeologists discovered an ancient odeon 2000 years old (photo)

The project was led by Ekaterina Tsanakaki. She is Deputy Head of the Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and Eforut Museums in Chania. During the first stages of the excavation, her team unearthed part of the stage, fourteen rows of seats, and two side chambers. The find belongs to the Roman period. It is assumed that it performed its functions around the 1st-4th centuries AD. At the same time, the sanctuary of Asclepius became a political center. The building was decorated with a mosaic floor, as well as portraits of Roman emperors.

Many parts of the odeon have come down to our time significantly damaged. It is believed that this happened as a result of an earthquake in 365 AD. In addition, the city was probably larger in the past than it is now. Archaeologists also suggest that the odeon was used for city council meetings. This is explained by the fact that it adjoined the city center.

People of art. On the island of Crete, archaeologists discovered an ancient odeon 2000 years old (photo)

People of art. On the island of Crete, archaeologists discovered an ancient odeon 2000 years old (photo)

The Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports has already stated that the new discovery will add more value to other historical monuments in the area. This discovery is thought to be rare.

Catherine Tzanakaki plans in the future to find out if an outer wall ever existed to support the odeon. The attraction was left open to visitors.