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The Museum of Popular Arts (Tu-Sat, 10-1, 6-8), on the other hand, has everything including the kitchen sink. It's in a 19th Century mansion (follow the signs) with items from Milos nautical pilots past such as telescopes, charts and costumes.

Take the steps up to the Frankish Kastro or Castle high above (980m). It's the outer walls are formed by houses. The interior of the keep houses the beautiful 13th Century Church of Thalassitra. There are fine icons by Skordilis in this church.

Perched at the top was an old church, Mesa Panagia, which along with much of the Castle was destroyed by German gun emplacements during WWII. The views from here are stunning.

Ancient Milos and the Catacombs

greece greek islands cyclades milosgreece greek islands cyclades milosgreece greek islands cyclades milosPlaka is built over the ancropolis of ancient Milos. It may also be reached by a foot path from the north side of Adamas which passes the old obsidian quarry of Sta Nychia above the village and joins the old road to Tripiti just below Plaka. By bus ask to be let off at Tripiti, and you can walk to the Catacombs. These catacombs are among the best preserved in Greece and have long corridors of arched niches carved in rock. It was full of bones when first discovered. The catacomb network is 184m long and contained 291 tombs, possibly holding as many as 8000 bodies.

A path from the catacombs leads to where the Venus de Milo was discovered. Look for a plaque by a fig tree.

The Ancient Acropolis Milos occupies the slope below Tripiti down to the charming quaint fishing hamlet Klimi and the ancient harbor (ancient Klima on map below). The Athenians destroyed the acropolis town circa 415 BC and the Romans resettled it later. Klimi has brightly painted boat houses and ducks on its beach. There's a museum-style reconstruction that shows how the fishing families once lived in the Klimi area.

Further on is the partially restored Roman Theater overlooking the sea, excavated in 1917. In August occasional plays are performed there.

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