Cretan History


Ancient Trypitos at Sitia
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The archaeological site of Trypitos is located on a small peninsula, 3km east of Sitia, near the beach Karavopetra, which has stunning view to Sitia city and its port. It is considered to be the ancient city of Sitia, Itia, which was originally one of the ports of Praesus. The city flourished in the Hellenistic period (350BC - 50BC).

In 1967 a shipshed (building for storing vessels) was identified in a trench of length 30m, width 5.5m and height 5m. Because of that cavity the place gets the name Trypitos (Trypitos means hollow in Greek).

The first extensive excavations started by the archaeologist Nikolaos Papadakis in 1987, but have not yet ended. The city stretches along the entire peninsula. On the south side it was protected by a strong wall. Within the walls there were houses, public buildings and streets. In the area several pottery works, jewelry and coins of the city were found. Indeed, during a stroll among the antiquities, you will meet many potsherds.

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Additional Info

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