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submitted by Nikos Sotirxos on 15.01.2005

The pentagon of Aphrodite

History or legend tells of there once being a beautiful building, shaped like a pentagon, somewhere above the gully just before Kapsali. In this building was the statue of Aphrodite, and from under her big toe water sprang and flowed down into the gully, and from there into a common garden where large wash basins had been built and where the women of the village would go to do their washing, soaping and rinsing in separate basins.
With time, earthquakes, avalanches and rain it has all been lost, though at one time it was possible to see the remaining columns and stairs of the temple. All that remains in a hole that sometimes flows with water, water that flows down into the gully, under the bridge that has been built in later times, and out to the sea.

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