Gustavo Ramirez Acevedo
A Hidden Treasure
Kamiros is the first city state on the island of Rhodes dated from the late bronze age until 407 BC. It is one of the most important and oldest Greek cities of the Greek world and its history needs to be discovered and learned. Kamiros best findings are in British, France and Italian museums. Kamiros greatly contributed to Greek and European ancient history and civilization and unfortunately this great archaeological site is not well promoted and little is known today.
Kamiros was one of the three large Doric cities of the island, which united with Ialyssos and Lindos in the 5th century B.C. to create the powerful city – state of Rhodes. It lies about 40km from Rhodes City
Although it was established by the Dorians, it seems like the first inhabitants of the area must have been Achaeans, as the ruins of an ancient Mycenaean necropolis close to the village of Kalovarda reveal. Kameiros was basically an agricultural society which produced oil, wine and figs. During the city’s golden era of the 6th century, it was the first Rhodian city to cut its own coins.
Today, Kamiros has become a major tourist attraction bring in people from all over the world. Archeological finds from Kamiros can be found on display in the Louvre, the British Museum and the archaeological Museum of Rhodes, but the remains of the agora, temple and reservoir still stand on the ancient site.Built on three levels, the city was crowned by the hilltop Acropolis, offering spectacular views along the coastline, and leads down to the Hellenistic temple, Doric Fountain-house, Agora and Peribolos of the Altars.