Ancient Dodoni, a journey of 4.500 years
Η Ancient Dodoni is one of the most important Archaeological Sites of Greece while the oracle was according to Aristotle his cradle Greek culture. It was a very important place of worship of Zeus while many years ago and specifically in the Bronze Age the position of leader of the gods was held by the Goddess Earth or some other female deity related to fertility.
— Photos from the archeological site of Dodoni
— Area Map
Ancient oracle of Dodoni
The oracle of Dodoni is the oldest Greek oracle while references to it are made by Homer in the Iliad and the Odyssey but also by the great historian Herodotus.
The cult of Zeus was introduced to the region shortly after 2000 BC by a leaf of the Thesprotians, the Sellos, and his wishes were interpreted by the soothsayers based on the sounds of the water of the sacred spring, the rustling of the leaves of the Sacred Tree (of Holy Fig) but also from the sound of copper boilers that were on tripods around the sacred tree.
Unfortunately it is oracle was destroyed over the centuries while the Sacred Tree was uprooted when the worship of Zeus was replaced by Christianity. Nevertheless archaeological site of Dodonis is rich in buildings and monuments of Greek culture. One of the most important and definitely the most imposing is none other than the big one ancient theater.
Ancient theater of Dodoni
The ancient theater of Dodoni was built in the 3rd century BC by king of Epirus Pyrrhus, at the foot of Mount Tomaros. It is one of the largest, with a capacity of 18.000 spectators, and best preserved ancient Greek theaters despite the destruction and changes that took place in it until the 4th century when it stopped operating.
Access to the archeological site, in which in addition to ancient theater There are many ancient monuments worth seeing up close like the Holy House the stage the Bouleuterion η Acropolis and others, it is particularly easy as it is just a short distance away 22 km from Ioannina.