Ancient Town of Arkalochori

Profitis Ilias

Hellenistic Town of Arkalochori
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West of the town of Arkalohori rises for rock of Prophet Elijah (Profitis Ilias) with the homonym chapel at the top and the Minoan sacred cave of Arkalochori. On the hillside facing Arkalochori an extended settlement that was inhabited from the Minoan to the Ottoman era has been detected.

The striking feature of the ancient city is the building bases are entirely carved into the rock. The same happens with the bases of the pillars, the bases for places pots, the stairs, etc. Also the city had a very well-organized drainage system for the removal of rainwater.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Ancient Settlement
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC), Classical & Hellenistic Age (800 BC - 69 BC), Roman Era (69 BC - 395 AD), Byzantine Era (395 AD-820AD), Arab Era (820 AD - 961 AD), Second Byzantine Era (961 AD - 1204 AD), Venetian Era (1204 AD - 1669 AD), Ottoman Era (1669 - 1898)
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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