At the east coast of Lesvos, on the road axis leading from the city of Mytilene to the north part of the island is located the region of Thermi with a history of five thousand years. It is the seat of the municipality that comprises Thermi, Pigi, Komi, Mistegna and Nees Kydonies. The region took the name by the thermal springs located there for centuries. From archaeological finds it is proved that in ancient time goddess Artemis was worshiped as protector of the curative springs. Because of the existence of many tower houses the village has named recently as Pyrgoi Thermis, today few are saved from Turkish occupation and have been characterized as monuments. After archaeological excavations in the past years next to the beach the layers and traces of five cities build the one over the other were revealed, the life of which lasted from the beginning until the middle of the 3rd millennium.
Aerial view of Thermi port in summer 2004 (Photo Costis Stefanou)
The magnificence and the radiance of the religious and therapeutic centre of Thermi is also testified by numerous archaeological finds, bases of buildings, inscriptions, architectural members existing for many years dispersed to the entire enamouring and broader area of the hot springs. Some of these testimonies of the region ancient past are exhibited at the outdoor archaeological site at the location Horafa. At the beginning of the 20th century, the region of Thermi was popular for its luxurious hotel Sarlitza Palace, which was built on the plans of French architects, for about 30 years it received great recognition attracting visitors and celebrities from all over the world. Today it has decline and only the hot baths are in function.
Loutropolis Thermis, Satellite image
Division of the municipality, population 3809 (2001)
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