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Review of Drakospita

Drakospita
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Karystos
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Great area to hike around, with lovely scenery. And you can end the day at the beach for a refreshing swin in the sea.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Don't drive! We did and the road is appalling. Walk though it is a long way!
It is worth seeing the slate covered houses which I felt sure were dwellings for the slate quarriers.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

mysterious cave-like historical dwellings on top of a very high hill. We walked but you could simplify it by driving most of the way. Somewhat similar in appearance to Stonehenge. Teenagers might not enjoy them so families could explore the many churches dotted round the hills or the Castle Rosso to get a sense of history.

Thank Vivien U
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Its quite a hike to get up to the Dragon House but well worth it. The house was amazing, and the 360 degrees views fabulous.

Thank RosieTilly
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

They have nothing to do with dragon houses as the word says, and I truly cannot understand why they carry this name.
The people who used to live in these houses used to be loggers working in quarries digging out the Karystian stone.

There is an Acropolis on the highest peak of Mount Ochi which is in this area and as poets write in books, the love of the god Zeus and Hera still hangs in the air!!

Three similar houses are located near Styra (a nearby coastal town). They are easily accessible and are alongside the road that goes from Marmari to Styra. There is also another one on the mainland on the west slopes of Hymettos, which is the simplest and crudest of them all.

The houses are really peculiar and they were explained by myths of the modern Greeks as “dragon houses” thinking that they belonged and had been constructed by some kind of giants or other supernatural creatures with enormous strength that was required to move the large and heavy stones for their construction. At first it was believed that they were dated back to the Neolithic period (7000 B.C) but recent study indicated that they may date to the Late Hellenistic or Greco-Roman period, about 146 B.C.

A paper published by Jean Carpenter and Dan Boyd (1977) American Journal of Archaeology) suggest that these houses were constructed by the Karians as place of worship.

6  Thank greekcypriot2009
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