Cretan History


Ancient Diktynna
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Menies beach is located on the site of ancient Diktynna. Diktynna was the most important temple of the goddess Vritomartis, which is believed to be goddess Artemis. Thousands worshippers used to come in the area from all over the island. Vritomartis was worshiped here during the Hellenistic and Roman times. The possession of Diktynna was always a conflict between ancient Kydonia and Polirinia.

The few remains of today belong to a temple of Adrianos Times, that was built on the site of an older temple. The findings that have been found are a statue of Artemis, a head of Adrianos and another statue.

It is very interesting to note that there was a long ancient road, paved, that connected the sanctuary with Polirinia. Today we can still see some remnants till Rodopou village. The distance of the road was 11 roman miles, i.e. 16.291 meters!

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Type: Sanctuary
  • Peak Period: Roman Era (69 BC - 395 AD)
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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