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| At Alyki, on the East side of the island located about 35 kilometres from Thassos Town and 47 kilometres from Skala Prinos, there is a small rocky islet that was once called the Holy Rock. The course of history here has not been interrupted since the 7th century BC. |
Between the quarry that is on the cape and the rock’s two inlets, there is a naturally occurring stretch of high ground that was used for worship from 7th century BC. A sanctuary was built on it. It was in constant use up until the Christian era. In 49 AD, during the early years of the Byzantine Empire, Christianity came to Thassos when Apostle Paul traveled from Troas in Asia Minor to Kavala. Byzantines didn’t take hold of Thassos until 314 AD under the rule of Emperor Licinius. A firm hold was established in 323 AD when Constantine the Great came to the throne. Early Christians built two basilicas using materials from the sanctuary, which the ancient holy buildings by then had fallen into disuse.
| On the rock’s eastern shore stood a sanctuary dedicated to the gods, possibly the Dioscuri, who protected ships and sailors on their voyages. The ruins of the sanctuary can be seen. The buildings date back to the 5th and 6th centuries BC. || |
Remnants of the ancient world in Alyki
The picturesque peninsula of Alyki
| At the edge of the peninsula, the ancient quarries used extensively in the time of the Roman Empire can still be found. It is there that marble was cut and loaded on ships from 6th century BC to the 6th century AD. Today stone blocks can still be seen on the sea floor. The two bays at Alyki are known to have been harbors from which pure white, high quality Thassian marble was exported in ancient times.|
Today, the crystal-clear water and the peaceful setting are the reasons why more and more visitors flock to this natural scene of rare beauty that can’t exist anywhere else in the world. Alyki is considered by many to be possibly the most beautiful beach on Thassos.
There is also a nice path along the sides of the peninsula that leads around to all of the ruins and places of historical significance, and it offers many amazing views along the way. It's perfect for people who enjoy short hikes and a taste of history.
One of two popular beaches at Alyki