A number of the early Helladic artefacts in the museum at Eretria come from excavations in the area of Amarynthos (33.5km) which was an important centre in Antiquity lying on the coast further to the east, where there was a sanctuary to Artemis Amarysia. A kilometre and a half beyond the eastern limit of the town is the hill of Palaiochora, between the main road and the shore, which in antiquity was a site of significant habitation from prehistoric through to Classical times. Today it is crowned by two 12th century churches. Both churches have the characteristic Euboean design with rectangular floor plan, and an elevated transverse barrel-vault in the ceiling to create the crossing. Closest to the water is the church of the Koimisis tis Theotokou, which has wall-paintings of considerable quality, but in poor condition; the church of the Metamorphosis, close by to the landward side, has no painting, but the simple dignity of the design is revealed in the plain stone interior. To the north, beside the road between Amarynthos and Ano Vathia, half way between the churches of Aghia Markella and Aghios Giorgios, is a Macedonian tomb of the 4th century bc.

Euboea Island, Greece

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