The ancient town of


Ancient Rizinia
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Over the hill Patella by Prinias village lies the picturesque chapel of Agios Panteleimon with amazing views towards all directions. It is the site of the Minoan town of Rizinia or Apollonia, which prospered till the Roman period.

The excavations of the Italian Archaeological School unearthed a small fort of the 5th century BC with metal weaponry. The excavations revealed two temples of the 7th century BC (one was probably dedicated to Rhea) and a temple dedicated to the Minoan Goddess of Snakes. Among the findings there was a frieze with horsemen, deer and panthers, two seated statues of goddesses and pottery sherds that verify the worship of Athena in the 2nd BC century.

Also important for the identification of the city as Rizinia was an inscription found with the letters (I)ZENIA(A), also mentioned on inscriptions at Gortys. Rizinia offered animals for sacrifice to the Ideon Andron every four years.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Ancient City, Tombs
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC), Classical & Hellenistic Age (800 BC - 69 BC)
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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