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Monday, 12 May 2014 11:40

Archaeological Sites You Must Visit in Crete, Greece

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Crete island Greece

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The beautiful island of Crete encompasses a rich and fascinating history. The island has been inhabited as far back as the Minoan Period, where it was considered the centre of civilization and culture in the whole of Europe. According to Greek mythology, Zeus, the God of Sky and Thunder but also the Father of Gods and Men, was born in Crete! The island bursts with historic sites that are visited by tourists and locals alike. You will be amazed by the sight of ancient fortresses, castles, mosaics but the most fascinating are the archaeological sites! Don’t waste time, visit the historic sites in Crete and be amazed!

 

Aptera Archaeological Site

 

Aptera Archaeological Site

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Aptera Archaeological Site can be found just over 10 kilometers east of Chania in Akrotiri, just a kilometer from Souda Bay. The site stands high, around 150 kilometers above the sea on the peak of a hill and offers visitors breathtaking views of Souda Bay, the Akrotiri Peninsula and the magnificent Lefka Ori, which in Greek mean White Mountains. Just the scenic view from up above the site makes it worth a visit! The site was a powerful city from the Minoan Period till the Hellenistic Period because of its beneficial geographical position. Unfortunately, during the 7th century it was destroyed by an earthquake.

 

The Minoan Palace of Galatas

 

Minoan Palace of Knossos

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The Minoan Palace of Galatas can be found just under 30 kilometers south of Heraklion city, near the Galatas and Arkalochori Villages, surrounded by the beautiful countryside. The Palace of Galatas was discovered and excavated in 1992 by archaeologist George Rethemiotakis. In 1997 the notable archaeologist publicized that the main building was built during the Neopalatial period, having all the traits of a Minoan Palace. Excavations of the palace continued till 2005, and show the public that the central courtyard was surrounded by a four-wing building. The East Wing is the most preserved, while the West and South Wings have suffered great damages.

 

Excavations of grinders and manifold of drinking vessels found in the East Wing prove that feasts and ceremonies took place in this area. Astonishingly, archaeologists also discovered the first Minoan fireplace in Crete in one of the palace’s rooms. The Palace of Galatas is said to have flourished during the 1640 B.C. but was later destroyed by earthquakes and thus deserted around 1500 B.C. At the site, you will surely be amazed with what you will encounter. It is so difficult not to be captivated by the ancient ruins of another civilisation, in another time period or even life time! The surrounding grounds bring out a sense of pride and magnificence. Absolutely worth visiting!

 

Louis Creta Princess Hotel in Chania, Crete

 

Louis Creta Princess Hotel in Chania, Crete

 

The magnificent 4 star Louis Creta Princess Hotel is the ideal accommodation facility to choose while on the island of Crete. Located on the shore of Maleme Bay in Chania, the hotel caters to your needs and surpasses your every expectation. The premises of the hotel are considered as a small heaven for adults and children alike, offering 65 square kilometres of swimming pools and beautiful gardens to delight in! The four star Louis Creta Princess Hotel’s spacious and recently renovated rooms offers utmost comfort and the hotel’s staff strive to make your holidays memorable by serving to your every need.

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