Cretan History

Hyrtakina

Ancient Hyrtakina
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The town of Hyrtakina was built on the steep Kastri near the village Temenia and flourished in the Hellenistic Times. Today the vegetation has covered most parts of the ancient city.

Hyrtakina and Lissos established the Federation of Mounts in the 3rd century BC, a military and monetary union of the season, attended also by Elyros, Pikilassos and Tarra. These cities confronted the domestic and foreign policy commonly for a quite long time.

The archaeological works have revealed traces of the double wall, buildings, part of the road that leaded to Lisos, a sanctuary of Pan and a necropolis with carved tombs out of the walls, which were already looted.

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Additional Info

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

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