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The sanctuary of Demeter and Apollo in Sagri

At a distance of 3 kilometers southern to Ano Sangri, at the site of “Gyroula” are found the ruins of the sanctuary of the ancient gods Demeter and Apollo , dated in the late Geometric period, whereas the place seems to have been settled as early as in the Mycenaean times. The sanctuary was succeeded by a temple, in the 6th century b.C. The excavations of the site have brought to light numerous finds, now displayed in the small local museum on the site.

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Today, we know that during the Christian era the ancient temple became a Christian basilica which was destroyed by the Saracens in the 7th century A.D. Later on, a small church dedicated to Aghios Ioannis (St. John) was constructed on the place of the sanctuary of the basilica; the small church was reconstructed in 1977, a bit southern.

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