Cretan History

Falanna

Ancient Falanna
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The ancient town Falanna was located at the position of the abandoned settlement Onithe, near the village Goulediana. It covers a large plateau in a naturally fortified site. The first use of the site is dated in the Neolithic Age, but the town flourished during the archaic times (7-6th century BC). It was a small town depended on city Rithimna, current Rethymnon.

Excavations have revealed houses, an acropolis with walls, while the ancient fountain is still in use. Moreover, at this location there are traces of the early Christian basilica of Onythe, which was excavated by Nikolaos Platon in 1947 and has dimensions 31mx15m. The basilica was built in the 5th-6th century and was covered with mosaic floors of geometric and floral themes.

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Additional Info

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

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