The ancient city of Trikke, an important city of the Thessalian quadraty of Estiaotida, stretched between the river Lethaios, which still crosses today’s modern city, and on the hill “Kastro”, where the ancient acropolis was probably located. In the city there was one of the oldest asclepiae known to ancient Tricky in antiquity. The earliest written mention of Trikkis is found in the Homeric List of Islands, which states that the city participated in the expeditionary force of the Greeks in the Trojan War with 30 ships and leaders of the two sons of Asclepius, Mahaona and Podalierio, who had been taught by their father medical art. For the beginnings of the city of historical times the excavations are poor and the written sources sparse.
The single archaeological site of Asclepius of Trikala, which resulted from the expropriation of private plots, is located at the east of the church of Agios Nikolaos, on Sarafi Street. A stoic building, one with mosaic floors, a bath and a small Byzantine temple, has been revealed to him. The first three buildings were recognized by the excavators as a public landmark and were reserved for the wider complex of the city’s asclepieion. These buildings, which belong to the city of late Hellenistic and Early Roman times, have been partially revealed, as parts of them remain under the modern roads and private buildings that surround the archaeological site.
08:30 – 15:00
The archaeological site can be visited after consultation with the Ephorate.