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Ancient Toroni

In the southwest part of the Sithonia peninsula lies Toroni, with its harbour located east of Cape Lecythus, which stands at 13 metres above sea level, and the village that gave its name to the Toroneos Gulf.

In ancient times, Toroni was one of the major cities of Halkidiki, which was ravaged during the 6th century AC by relentless barbarian attacks. In the late 8th century BC it was colonised by Chalkidian settlers, while during the Peloponnesian War it was the apple of discord between Athenians and Spartans. During the classical era, Toroni had two acropolises, one to the south and another at Lecythus, where the ruins of a Byzantine fort, probably destroyed by the Ottomans, are still visible.

Among the most important attractions of Toroni is the Church of Agios Athanassios. This basilica with three naves was built in the 5th century and was completely destroyed in the 6th century. A new church was built on its foundations, with mosaics that are still in very good condition. You should also visit the cemetery of the Iron era, dating back to the 11th century BC, where 134 graves were discovered during excavations and 500 well-preserved finds came to light.