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Kofinas Peak Sanctuary
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Kofinas is the highest peak in the wild Asterousia Range with an altitude of 1231m and gets its name from its shape resembles inverted basket (kofini in Greek). The top, with stunning views to the Libyan Sea, today hosts a temple of the Holy Cross (Timios Stavros), celebrating on September 14.

In 1960 perhaps the most important Minoan peak sanctuary of south - central Crete came to light, consisting of quadrilateral enclosure and stage. The sanctuary flourished in 1700 – 1600BC but worship continued until the Roman Era, with intervals in between. The excavations revealed clay signs, figurines, metal plates, seals and other devotional offerings.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Peak Sanctuary
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC)
  • Accessibility: Walking

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