Rethymnon Archaeological Sites

Archaeological of Rethymnon Crete

Some of the interesting things you have to do while in Rethymnon is to discover the archaeological sites of this prefecture

Apodoulou - a proto palatial center - Near the village of Apodoulou of present day, and 54 km from Rethymnon in the area of Tournes, remains of a proto-palatial center have been discovered. Sp. Marinatos carried out initial research in 1934.

Armeni Cemetery
Armeni Cemetery - Just 10 km south of Rethymnon, the famous cemetery of Armeni, which dates back to the Late Minoan period (13th/12th century BC), was discovered near the homonymous village in a beautiful oak forest and.

Axos - Oaxos, one of the most important cities of ancient Crete, was situated in the area of the modern village of Axos, and flourished from Late Minoan and Geometric up until Roman and consecutive times. Archaeological pick-axes have brought to light many parts of the ancient city including the temple of Aphrodite, the prytaneum, tombs and a variety of archaeological relics.

Eleftherna - Ancient Eleftherna is located at a distance of around 30 km. to the SE of Rethymnon and occupies two long, narrow ridges, called Pyrgi and Nissi. Three streams flow around the foot of the hills and join to the north of them. The urban centre of ancient Eleftherna was always located at Pyrgi.

Lappa - During recent years the Supervising Central Committee of Classical and Prehistoric Antiquities has carried out excavations in the modern village of Argiroupoli, where parts of the ancient city of Lappa, considered to date back from the Geometric up until the Roman period, have been discovered in various places.

Monastiraki - A complex of buildings has been discovered in the village of Monastiraki, which is situated in the valley of Amari, 38 km from Rethymnon. It is believed that the settlement was founded in approximately 2000 BC and that it was violently destroyed by either an earthquake or a fire in approximately 1700 BC.