2022-06-11 Europe: 2023-01-13 16:22 (UTC)

The island, the capital and its name can be written in fairly freestyle ways as it appears there's no consensus between Kythira, Kythera, Kithira or Cythera so free to use any of them. Except Kϋthéra, since that would be archaic Greek, not contemporary.

The visit and the learning was interesting but a short day, I rolled along the southern and southeastern parts. With first destination, the Kythira Historical Archives, the Archaeological Museum. The past of the island is alike to Crete, and was built on the Minoan civilization. The first inhabitants arrived from the southeast and started to populate the island from this direction with the first considerable establishment called Scandeia. The cultural and economical relationships between the two islands reached the peak by the 18th century BCE, and archaeological findings of burial and religious customs prove that Kythirans practically followed all the same daily routines like the Minoans.

In the 9th century BCE the Greeks ruled over the island, mythologically the Twelve Gods (Dodecatheon) arrived to Kythera by then; namely Athena, Aphrodite and Cybele. By the fifth century BCE likewise to the Peloponnese companions neither Kythira could avoid turning the island into a warfare platform: this time the Spartans and the Greeks fought over the minikin but valuable territory, which had major significance in naval businesses and warfare. By the end of the fourth century BCE Sparta won the last but not ultimate round, because the Roman legions gave a crushing answer in the quiz of whoiswho.

A worthy visit, a compact but detailed exhibition summarizes the history of the island, going back to the very beginnings.

Southeast ways between the island and Crete lies Antikythera, which even with minimal Greek doesn't mean any quarrel but simply opposite to Kythera; see also Antarctica. Antikythira's main and historical-scientific importance is the Antikythera mechanism which was found at the shores of the island 122 years ago. The machine preceded even very much latter centuries, being one of the oldest mechanical computers. If you too go to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, you can see it too.

Coffee in Chora, in comfortzone

So much didn't stop, not even took any pictures. Except walking around the Saint Francisco fortress. The location seemed like a relaxing seaside site, with one coffee shop, two parking lots, lots of winds and even more sunshine. If someone happened to go to Greece for beach experiences, a possible good choice.

Scents, here too

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