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Polyrinia Village
Kissamos
The village of Polyrinia (GR: Πολυρρήνια) is built on the foot of the hill that ancient Polyrinia used to be. It is a small village located 6.5km away from Kastelli Kissamou, built at an altitude of 300 m. and has approximately 100 permanent residents. Its old name was Apano Paleokastro and was renamed to Polyrinia due to its proximity to the archaeological site
Most of the houses in the village of Polyrinia incorporate building materials from the past of the city.
The remainings of the past have been incorporated to the houses, to the yards, to the public buildings, everywhere.


Andrianos' aqueduct


The old olive mill


The temple of the Assumption of the Holly-Mother

One of the most interesting remainings of ancient Polyrinia is the impressive Andrianos' aqueduct, consisted of two conductors dud in the rocks, with a width of 1,35 m and height of 2,3 m, that ended up into two marble fountains.
The conductors crossed underground the hill of Polyrinia and had some secret exits in case of siege.

Opposite the municipality's office there are the remainings of the old olive mill.
The olive mill was built using stones from the Andrianos aqueduct. Two of its pillars where taken from ancient Polyrinia, the one from the palace and the other from the temple of Artemis.

Inside the village of Polyrinia there is the temple of the Assumption of the Holly-Mother.
The temple is built inside a rock and it contains some valuable icons. During the Turkish occupation it served as a secret school for the Greek children.

One of the most wonderful findings is a sepulchral column representing the lord of the city Sosamenos and his young daughter Tiro, with an elegy about the beauty and the virtues of the deceased daughter.







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