The Minoan settlement of

Petras

Petras Minoan settlement
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The Minoan settlement of Petras was built on a low hill near the present city of Sitia. It is believed by many researchers that this was the site of ancient Etea or Etida, from where the sage Myson came from.

The town was excavated since 1985. Archaeologists founds parts of the Cyclopean wall with three square towers, two houses and a Minoan palace covering 3 acres.

Petras flourished since the 20th century BC and quickly developed into an urban settlement with foremost commercial significance, as evidenced by the hieroglyph file found in excellent condition. After the destruction of the palace in 1450BC, the hill remained inhabited and the defensive cyclopean wall was built.

40 large jars were also found here, such as those found in all the great palaces of Crete.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Lassithi
  • Type: Ancient Settlement
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC)
  • Accessibility: Paved road
  • Opening Hours: Closed (unless staff is hired in summers)
  • Entrance Fee (€): 2€, Reduced 1€
  • Website: odysseus.culture.gr
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  • Phone: +30 2843023917
  • Fax: +30 2843023917

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