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Red Cretan Tulip
The red tulip of Crete (Tulipa doerfleri) is one of the 5 endemic tulip species of Crete. It grows exclusively at the small plateau of Gious Cambos, by Amari valley, at an altitude ranging from 700-800m. On spring (April) this small plateau is covered by…
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Rocky Tulip
The rocky tulip (Tulipa saxatilis) is a rare species of tulip scattered around Crete, Karpathos, Rhodos and southern Turkey. There is also the endemic rocky tulip of Baker (Tulipa saxatilis subsp. bakeri), that was initially separated from the saxatilis species, but in 2009 was reconsidered…
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Cretan Cephalanthera
The Cretan cephalanthrera (Cephalanthera cucullata) is an endemic species of orchid that grows exclusively in the mountain forests of Crete, at an altitude of 700-1500m. It is a perennial herbaceous plant with short, creeping rhizomes. Its height reaches up to 20cm and it develops up…
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Polysiphonia Algae
The macroalgae polisyphonia is a genus of marine algae found primarily in western Crete, with several species. It is reddish, has crisp flesh and grows on rocky grounds. It is found at the west seashores of Kissamos province and at a small part of Bali…
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Cretan Cyclamen
The cretan cyclamen belongs to the family of Primoulides. In many places of Greece, cyclamens are also called "hiropsomο" (i.e. bread for pig), because their roots are eaten by pigs. They grow in the middle of autumn between rock fissures or in the rubble.
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Abduction of Europa and Birth of Minos
According to Greek mythology, Europa was the beautiful daughter of King of Phoenicia, Agenor and sister of Cadmus (founder of Thebes). Once, while playing with her friends on the beach, Zeus saw her and fell in love with her.
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Armeni Necropolis
The necropolis of Armeni is situated 9km south of the town of Rethymnon, on the main road which leads to the south coast of Crete. The greatest Late Minoan III A-B (c. 1400-1200 BC) cemetery was discovered on a shallow hill called Prinokefalo, which means…
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Flektro Settlement
During the dark period of the pre-Christian times in Crete developed many settlements were built on remote mountainous areas, mainly in eastern Crete (Historians call it dark period because they still don’t know the exact reason for this movement). The settlements were built on hard…
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Ancient Itanos
The ancient Itanos was one of the strongest cities in Crete, especially during the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman times. The name comes from its founder Itanos, who came from Phoenicia. Its territory, during its peak, stretched from Cape Samonio (current Cape Sidero) to Cape Erythrae (current…
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Vrontissi monastery in Vorizia
Vrontissi monastery is located 49km southwest of Heraklion, near Vorizia Gorge, between the villages of Zaros and Vorizia. The area has panoramic views to Vorizia village and the plain of Messara. The monastery is dedicated to Saint Anthony and is one of the oldest monasteries…
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Kardamoutsa Monastery
The male monastery of Timios Stavros (Holy Cross) in Kardamoutsa is built very close to the village Karydi, at an altitude of 540m. Although the surrounding area is dry and rocky, there are many trees, especially hollies. At the entrance of the monastery you will…
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Folklore Museum of Pefki
The folk museum of Pefki is housed in the old Elementary School of the village. The collection consists of everyday objects of the Cretan past, donated by locals.
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Museum of Cretan Ethnology
The Museum of Cretan Ethnology at Vori consists of an exhibition complex and a Research and Conference Center. The exhibition is housed in a two storey building and consists of 3000 exhibits.
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Vouves OIive Museum
The Olive Museum at Vouves is located near the Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves, with which it forms a harmonious whole.
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Piskokefalo Minoan Mansion
At the road connecting Piskokefalo and Sitia we meet the remains of an excavated two-storey Minoan mansion. We can still discern the remnants of rooms, stairs and the protective boulders coming from the neighbouring river of Pantelopotamos or the sea.
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Saint Titus
During the second Byzantine period, as the largest and prime official church in the city of Chandax, St. Titus became the seat of the new Orthodox Diocese of Crete. The Venetians later installed a Catholic archbishop and converted the church into a Catholic cathedral.
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Agia Pelagia monastery, Ahlada
The monastery of Agia Pelagia, a dependency of Sabbathiana monastery, is located on the side of the stream that ends at the beach of Agia Pelagia.
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Panagia Kera Eleousa monastery, Kitharida
The highly impressive temple of St. Fanourios at Kitharida, currently used as a cemetery, was the temple of an important male monastery of Panagia Eleousa (Our Lady the Merciful). The monastery was a dependency of the Monastery of Saint Irene.
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Panagia Gouverniotissa Monastery
The monastery of Panagia Gouverniotissa is located near the village Potamies, 3km east of Heraklion. Today it operates as a monastery, but the church is used regularly for liturgies. It is built on a small hill with nice views to Potamies valley.
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Varsamonero Monastery in Vorizia
The deserted monastery of Varsamonero is located about 53km southwest of Heraklion, on the southern slopes of Psiloritis Range. It was built in a panoramic area near Vorizia village, overlooking the plain of Messara.
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