Part of ancient Iera Odos (Sacred Way), Egaleo Metro Station, Estavromenou Square, Municipality of Egaleo

Part of ancient Iera Odos (Sacred Way), Egaleo Metro Station, Estavromenou Square, Municipality of Egaleo

The excavations at Estavromenou Square, Aigaleo, near the homonymous metro station, revealed a section, 27.70 meters long and 5.30-5.90 meters wide, of the ancient Iera Odos (Sacred Street), which runs in an east-west direction, parallel to and at a short distance to the north of modern Iera Odos. Two retaining walls of different sized limestone blocks defined the street on the sides. The walls are very partially preserved because they lay close to the surface. Five successive street layers were identified. The last street layer was hewn on bedrock and shows traces of chariots and carriage wheels. Rock-hewn destroyed graves, because of their proximity to the surface, were identified on either side of the street. The part of the ancient Iera Odos and the adjacent cemetery was revealed during excavations for the extension of Line 3 of the Athens Metro.

 

 

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