Cretan History

Ambelos

Ancient Ambelos
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Above the beach of Gerontolakkos, at position Farmakokefalo, the archaeologist P. Papadakis in 1984 found the remains of the Hellenistic city Ambelos. Excavations revealed a prosperous city with massive walls, houses and distinct roads.

Ambelos was founded in 5th century BC and was a trading hub for the Western Mediterranean. The center of the site is dominated by the scenic church of St. Nicholas (built in 1895).

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Ancient City
  • Peak Period: Classical & Hellenistic Age (800 BC - 69 BC)
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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