The ancient Stadium (or Stadium of Diagoras) is located on the hill of Agios Stefanos, near the ancient theater. It dates back to the Hellenistic years (3rd or 2nd century BC), a time when the Alia were held, great sports competitions in honor of the god Helios (or Alios) i.e. Apollo, the patron saint of the island. The "Minor Alia" were celebrated annually while the "Major Alia" were celebrated every 4 years and were celebrated continuously from 300 BC. until 300 AD The festivities included athletic, musical and equestrian competitions with the participation of women. The prize for the winners of the "Major Alia" was a wreath of poplar leaves. The largest part of the Stadium (210 X 35 m.) has been rebuilt. At the ends of the track there is on one side the starting line (the "remission") and on the other the finish line. In the stands there was a place for the judges of the games. On the eastern side of the Stadium, the remains of a large square building (200 m. on each side), probably a Gymnasium, were found. To the west and south there are graves dug into the rock that testify to the existence of a necropolis in the area.
Editor: Niki Kalopaidis