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The Moderne
The Moderne Hotel is around the corner from Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, New York, USA. This brick and brownstone 3 star New York hotel is two blocks from the Theatre District, four from Central Park and the Rockefeller Center. ...
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The Kowloon
Situated atop Seibu Department Store, Kowloon Hotel in Kowloon, Hong Kong is on the famous Golden Mile on Nathan Road just steps away from the shopping hub of the city and within easy access to many tourist attractions, directly connected to Tsim Shat Sui MTR station. ...
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Zafolia Hotel, Athens
Zafolia Hotel is midway between Athens business district and the heart of the city. With easy access to public transportation it is ideal for visiting interesting historical sights like the National Archaeological Museum and naturally the rock of Acropolis with Parthenon. ...
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The little seaside hamlet of Sougia on the south coast of Hania is the site of ancient Syia, which was one of the harbours of Elyros flourished chiefly in the Roman period.

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View of Sougia

A considerable number of ruins have survived but there have been few excavations.

Sougia is famous for its 6th c. Early Byzantine basilica, excavated by A. Orlandos, after a dream seen by a woman from the nearby village of Livadas. The basilica has three aisles and annexes on the north. The floor was decorated with mosaics depicting geometric motifs and subjects from the natural world, like birds, fish, trees, etc.

There are two more basilicas west of the village.

Parts of the cemetery with built tholos tombs are also visible.

The cities of Yrtakina, Elyros, Lissos and Tarrha formed a currency union.

The four of them and the cities of Syfa, Poikilasos, Kandanos, Aradin, Anopolis and Phoinix in the later Classical period constituted a local federation of autonomous communities, the "League of Mountain States", with the Diktynnaion Sanctuary of Lissos as its centre.

This collaboration shows how effectively a religious league could function as a political rallying point.

The modern town has a large pebbly beach that never gets crowded.

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