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Samos is the greenest Greek
island in the Aegean Sea. It is distinctive with high mountains, Kerkis (1434 metres above sea) and Ambelos (1150 metres above sea) . Except for the capital city Samos and a couple of little towns, the island is characterized by small villages surrounded with vineyards. The coastal areas of Samos are well-known for beautiful beaches. The southern part of the Samos island is characterized by sand beaches while the beaches in the north are shingly. Samos is famous for historical monuments, too. The most significant monument is the remains of Hera´s temple (Heraion) with protective walls. The Heraion is situated near a small town called Pythagoreion. The oldest part of the temple was built in the 8th century B. C. The temple was rather long. There were three walls with a line of columns in the middle to support the roof. The temple was one of the largest temples in the period of ancient Greek. At present, you will see just ruins but you will be able to identify the ground plan and a half of a column. The remains of the temple are considered an extremely valuable archaeological locality. Another important landmark is Pythagoreion, originally an ancient fort. The ruins are believed to be a significant archaeological deposit. The ancient fort Pythagoreion and the Heraion temple were listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. There are other interesting historical monuments, for example, the Eupalinian Canal, built in the 6th century B. C. The canal is an aqueduct that used to supply the capital city of the island with water. The tunnel is a technical curiosity. It was dug out from two sides of the mountain and - due to accurate Pythagoras´ mathematical calculations - the two ways met in the middle. The island is proud of its archaeological museum. You can come across the remnants of Roman theatre. The town of Pythagoreion is dominated by Lykurga Logotheta Castle that was built at the beginning of the 19th century. There are over 20 interesting monasteries and churches on the island. Most of them were built in the 16th century.
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