Chania archeological sites

Archeological site of Kydonia: The low hill of Kastellos was inhabited during the Later Neolithic period (3000-2600BC). The transformation to the Minoan period took p[lace quietly (2600-2000BC), from this period we can find pottery findings and architectural remains. In 2000-1700 BC there was a large building development. Findings of that period include pottery and vases inbuilt to the floor. The settlement had continuous growth (1580-1100BC), there were also commercial relations with Cyprus, exports og pottery and a big cemetery, the Mycenaean continued to use the same cemetery. There is an impressive an impressive carved tomb with nine rooms dated in the 4th century BC.

Minoan Mantion of Nerokouros: A Minoan settlement in the today’s village of Nerokouros. There is a preserved building which attracts visitors; it is a Minoan Mantion of 1600 BC. Near this spot at 300 meters to the east there is a second residence.

Two section Sanctuary of Altera: A small temple of the 5th century has been discovered as well as a part of the wall of the city (4th century BC). Also a graveyard with tombs of the 8th and 7th century BC has been discovered.

Port of Falasarna: The archeological space of todays Falasarna consists of the todays Acropolis, the graveyard and the port. The whole cape was surrounded by walls creating a closed port with towers during the Hellenistic period; also there was a second wall with length of 550 meters. In the internal space of the wall there are remains of wells and tanks. The port is one of the most important ports of the ancient world with dimensions 100 meters x 75 meters and 4 towers.

Elyros: It is a very important town located in the south west part of the island. It had created its own currency. This archeological space is located 500 meters of the today’s settlement of Rodovani. There are remains of buildings, a theater and remains of a roman aqueduct as well as parts of the wall of the city. In the museum of Chania there is a roman statue on display, called the Philosopher of Elyros, which was found in the area.

That is a synopsis of Chania most important archeological sites.

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