Filoktitis cave

Philoktitis cave
Philoktitis cave
  • Philoktitis cave
  • Philoktitis cave

During the period of Trojan war

Achaeans going to Troy stopped in the island and left Philoktitis there, who was bitten by the snake of the sanctuary of goddess Chrysie and his leg stank unbearable. They took him back twelve years later and went to Troy, because according to the oracles of seer Elenos, only with his weapons (Hercules’s arrows) they could seize it. He is the hero that inspired our three tragic poets – the tragedy of “Philoktitis”, of Sophocles, is preserved in full till nowadays.

The sanctuary of Cabeiri was here, where, nowadays, a lagoon took its place, and also the cave of Philoktitis, with two entrances, one from the rock’s side and the other one by the sea.