The Minoan Villa of


Makrigialos Minoan Villa
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The very quiet area of Makrigialos with the plain and the sheltered beach could not be ignored by the Minoans, who left important traces of habitation. The main finding is a rural mansion, a miniature Minoan palace in position Plakakia, found in 1971 by Kostas Davaras.

The villa dates back to 1480-1425BC and was probably a center of commercial control of the plain of Makrigialos and its harbor. It was destroyed by fire.

The villa had a large central courtyard, tiled floors, strong external walls, secondary courtyards, rooms, a sanctuary and a place where a sacred palm tree, as seen from a found stamp depicting a sacred ship, a priestess and a palm tree.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Ancient mansion
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC)
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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  • Phone: +30 2842028721
  • Fax: +30 2841022462

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