Fodor's Expert Review Sanctuary of Poseidon

Kionia Archaeological Site/Ruins

The reason to come to this small community northwest of Tinos Town is to visit the large, untended Sanctuary of Poseidon, also dedicated to the bearded sea god's sea-nymph consort, Amphitrite. The present remains are from the 4th century BC and later, though the sanctuary itself is much older. It was a kind of hospital, where the ailing came to camp and solicit the god's help. The marble dolphins in the museum were discovered here. According to the Roman historian Pliny, Tinos was once infested with serpents (goddess symbols) and named Ophiousa (Serpenttown), until supermasculine Poseidon sent storks to clean them out. The sanctuary functioned well into Roman times.

Archaeological Site/Ruins

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Kionia, Tinos  84200, Greece

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