Archeological Museum of Samothrace
It is situated at the Paleopolis archeological site of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. The Archeological Museum of Samothrace was designed by the architect Stuart M. Shaw, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, and built by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in the years 1939-1955. The north wing was added later, in 1960-61. The museum consists of four rooms that exhibit most of the finds from the Sanctuary site. The most famous find, the statue of the Nike (“Victory”), is exhibited at the Louvre, in Paris.
On a cliff, about 2 km north of Pahia Ammos beach, overlooking the southern coast of Samothrace.
The tiny, white-washed chapel of Panagia Krimniotissa offers breathtaking views of the Aegean and the beaches of the south coast of Samothrace. It is a worthwhile stop on your way to, or back from, Pahia Ammos beach.
The ancient city, the ruins of which are called Palaeopoli (“old city”), was situated on the north coast. Considerable remains still exist of the ancient walls, which were built in massive Cyclopean style, as well as of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, where mysterious rites took place which were open to both slaves and free people (in contrast to the Eleusinian Mysteries).
Sanctuary of the Great Gods
The island´s most famous site is the Sanctuary of the Great Gods. The most famous artifact of which is the 2.5-metre marble statue of Nike, now known as the Winged Victory of Samothrace, dating from about 190 BC. It was discovered in pieces on the island in 1863 by the French archaeologist Charles Champoiseau, and is now in the Louvre in Paris.
Sightseeing by Boat
Your sightseeing should begin with a trip around the island.The boat makes all-day trips that include a brief history and some remarkable views you can’t see otherwise, as well as swimming stops at several beaches around the island.
The island’s capital, Chora, is concealed in a natural amphitheater in the mountain six kilometers above Kamariotissa. It’s a small but charming town of narrow streets that twist their ways up and down along the hillside, and the central section offers a number of popular restaurants, Greek-style kafe with their tables spilling out onto the street, and trendy styled cafés, many with beautiful views over the sea.
It also hosts the island’s small hospital, a tiny but entrancing folklore museum, and the ruins of a fort.