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Archaeological Site of Orraon

Last Update: Jul 2011

(4th century - 31 BC)

Archaeological site AMMOTOPOS , ARTA , GREECE
Kastri hill, 48200 AMMOTOPOS , ARTA , GREECE
Tel.: +30 26810 71700 , Fax: +30 26810 21191
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Archaeological Site of Orraon - Overview

  Ancient Orraon was founded by Molossoi in the 4th century BC. In 167 BC the settlement was destroyed by the Romans, but it was subsequently rebuilt and survived for a short period. Orraon was finally abandoned by its inhabitants, who were obliged to settle in Nikopolis, a city founded by Augustus after his victory in the battle of Actium, in 31 BC.
  A notable feature of Orraon is its defensive character. With massive fortification walls reinforced with towers in places and a cistern for collecting water, this city-fortress was located in a a strategic position, guarding the passage from the Amvrakikos Gulf to the Ioannina basin, the territory of Molossoi. The city layout followed the Hippodamian plan, namely narrow parallel streets that crossed two wider streets, thus forming rectangular oblong insulae. The full narrow side of each insula - 15 m. in width - was usually occupied by a single house. The exceptional preservation of the stone-built private houses is another remarkable feature of this site. Built of the local tough limestone, the walls are preserved to considerable height, in some cases up to the upper storey, and one can still see today the position of the windows, door jambs and wooden frames.

Sources:
Ministry of Culture and Tourism Website
33rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities Website

Archaeological Site of Orraon - Map

Executives & Departments

  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 26820 89890, Fax: 26820 89891, Email:  
    33rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Preveza

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Visiting Information • Free admission • By appointment
Ancient settlement • Classical period, 480-323 BC • Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC
Ancient city • Classical period, 480-323 BC • Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC
Cemetery • Classical period, 480-323 BC • Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC
Ancient monuments • Walls / Classical period, 480-323 BC • Houses / Classical period, 480-323 BC / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC

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