South of Parikia

At the southern end of the promenade, the shore-side road rises towards a windmill and makes a detour round the small, cuboid chapel of Aghia Anna (key in house op posite Demarcheion, 50m to south), which is almost entirely constructed from ancient blocks of Parian marble. Originally a 17th century chapel, it was restored in 1900, and then re-pointed with a mortar made with marble dust after an accidental fire in 2003. Two hundred metres further west, just beyond where the shore road rejoins the peripheral road, a scarp rises to the left (south) where there are the vestigial remains of two places of cult—the Hellenistic sanctuary of Asklepios on the lower terrace just above the road, and the Archaic sanctuary of Apollo Pithios (his father) on the level above. Of the latter little remains, except some of the retaining terrace and parts of foundations. A small memorial chapel, built as a pastiche of a Hellenistic mausoleum, marks the site. More has survived from the 4th century bc Asklepieion below, which occupies a site typical for such a place, beside some rising springs of mineral water (now almost dry) and situated a little way out of the inhabited centre—two elements essential for the treatment and the isolation respectively of the sick who frequented the place. The sanctuary centred on a Doric ‘abaton’ or cultic building, projecting per pendicularly from a stoa which ran along the base of the scarp. The rectangular, marble-lined pools by the springs can be seen against the rock.

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