Lassithi Archaeological Sites

Lassithi Crete Archaelogical Sites

Gournia, Itanos, Olous, Paleokastro, Zakros, Vasiliki...

Gournia is the most characteristic of the excavated medium-size settlements, dated to the period of the peak of the Minoan culture (Late Minoan I period: 1550-1450 BC). It is called "Pompeii of Minoan Crete" because of the good state of preservation. The ancient name of the site is unknown.
Itanos - The remains of ancient Itanos are located close to the Palm Forest of Vai in an area nowadays known as Erimoupoli. Ancient Itanos was an important city-state – Crete’s easternmost. Although legends say the city was founded by settlers from Thera (Santorini) ...
Lato - Ancient Lato owes its name to the goddess Lito (or Lato) who was the mother of Apollo and Artemis. Its ruins have been preserved in very good condition. They date back to the 4th-2nd century BC and are evidence of the last habitation there, a settlement that seems to have been abandoned in stages ...
Olous - Ancient Olous was settled in an organized fashion from Minoan times. Olous was one of the most important of the hundreds of cities of ancient Crete with more than 30,000 inhabitants. It was located on the Isthmus where the island of Hersonissos, opposite, unites with the main land mass of Crete.
Paleokastro - At the northernmost edge of the Cretan east coast near Paleokastro lie the ruins of a settlement which flourished during the Late Minoan period (1550-1220 B.C.). Its name remains unknown. At the same site, however, remains of the Early and Middle Minoan periods (3000-1550 B.C.).
Vasiliki lies on a small hill in the north of the Ierapetra isthmus. A highly important settlement has been found in this area that appears to have been inhabited, without a break, from the Early to the Late Minoan periods. It was first excavated 1903-1906 by American archaeologist R. B. Seager.
Zakros is an ancient site on the eastern coast containing ruins from the Minoan civilization. It is believed to have been one of the four main administrative centers of the Minoans, and its protected harbor and strategic location made it an important commercial hub for trade to the east.