Monday, September 15, 2008

Seeing Samothraki

Home to the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, it is easy to see why such an impressive cult would found itself in Samothraki. The religion was brought to Samothraki by the Thracians in 1000BC and died out in the 4th century AD.

Appearing on the horizon, Samothraki is mostly mountain. The dramatic peak that dominates the island is Mt Fegari and holds the position of highest peak in the Aegean at 1611m. There are no big resorts in Samothraki. People go mainly to hike, soak in thermal springs, visit her many beautiful waterfalls, and relax in an extremely low key environment. We had the good fortune of visiting the Sanctuary of the Great Gods during a full moon. Watching the moon rise over Mt Fegari and spill out over the ruins was pure magic. Only the presence of the island's legendary "Winged Victory of Samothrace" could have made the event more beautiful.

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