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Acropolis of Platiana

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Acropolis of Platiana
Description

Dominating the homonymous village of the present Municipality of Andritsena - Krestena and crowning with its walls the rock on one of the highlands of the eastern ends of Mount Lapida, on the former border of ancient Trifylia with Arcadia, the acropolis of Platiana with the well-preserved ruins, keeps her ancient name and identity a secret.

Perhaps it is the city of Typanea or the city of Ypana of ancient Triphylia, which are mentioned by Polybius in connection with the invasion of the Macedonian king Philip II in the region during the War of the Allies (220-217 AD), as well as from other ancient sources and epigraphic evidence. With a little more effort and walking, the visitor has the opportunity to admire the remains of an impressively fortified city, while the view from the high hill evokes feelings of euphoria and excitement.

The acropolis of Platiana is a very important archaeological site of today's Ilia, with its heyday being placed in the late classical and Hellenistic eras. The fact that it dominated the area of ​​mountainous Trifylia and that it controlled the road from Pisatida to Megalopolis and the rest of Arcadia should have been a factor in the choice of the position during antiquity. From the discovery of stone artefacts during deforestation operations on the top and slopes of the hill, it is assumed that the site also had prehistoric phases of habitation.

It is classified among the citadels of ancient Triphylia, that is the naturally fortified positions that were reinforced with walls, because they had strategic importance and therefore were subject to external threats. The city is surrounded by a fortified precinct that dates back to the late classical and Hellenistic eras and which as a whole is preserved in very good condition.

Among the remains of the city, the theater located in the eastern part of the acropolis stands out and is of particular importance, as it is the second surviving monument of this category in Ilia, after that of ancient Elis. A part of the stage and the cave dating back to the 4th century BC. is preserved, while the ancient parapet wall of the theater is preserved in very good condition and in its original position a throne from the presidiums.
 

Access

Platiana can be reached by bus or private car. Access to the archaeological site via the country road and the footpath.

Outdoor spaces. Always open. By prior arrangement with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Elis.

Health protection measures

For everyone’s safety, the Museum operates with a controlled number of visitors, observing all health protection measures. In accordance with Government Gazette 430/B’/5-2-2022, admission to the Museum is permitted to visitors who have been vaccinated or have recovered from a previous infection during the last three months, in accordance with paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article 9 of the above Joint Ministerial Decision. To enter the Museum, you are required to present, alongside your police identity card or driver’s license or passport or other identification, in order to verify your identity, one of the following documents: vaccination certificate, in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 9, certificate of recovery valid for up to 3 months from the date of diagnosis, in accordance with paragraph 3 of Article 9, Minors between 4 and 17 years of age may alternatively present a 24-hour self-diagnostic test declaration (self-test). When visiting the Museum, please note the following: The use of a protective mask is mandatory for all visitors. Visitors must keep the required distance of 2 meters from each other. Visitors must take care of their hand hygiene. Liquid hand antiseptic is available on the museum premises. Visitors are advised to use a credit card when making transactions. Ephorate of Antiquities Website.

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  • Platiana, Elis, Postal Code 27062
  • 26240 22742 - 2624023753 (Ephorate of Antiquities of Elis)
  • Police Department of Elis - P.D. of Krestena, Ephorate of Antiquities of Elis
Opening hours

Winter hours:

  • From 01.12.2021 and onwards: 08:30 - 15:30

Summer hours (May - October):

  • 08:00 a.m.- 08:00 p.m.

Last admission (all days): 15 minutes before closing time.

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