The Palaestra

The Palaestra, 3D reconstruction, 
© Ephorate of Antiquities of Phocis, Ministry of Culture and Sports

On the lower terrace stood the palaestra, comprising a square central court of the “impluvium” type surrounded by porticoes which were divided in rooms. There were two entrances, one from the northeast and the other from the north. The preserved inscriptions inform us about the use of these rooms as changing room, dusting room, poolroom, possibly also of a sanctuary of Hermes or Hercules. The courtyard was intended for practicing wrestling or boxing.

The palaestra was destroyed in Late Antiquity and was covered by a large building in the 6th century A.D.

Text - Translation: Dr. Aphrodite Kamara, Historian