Minoan Peak Sanctuary at Tylissos


Pyrgos Minoan Peak Sanctuary
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West of the village Tylisos in Malevizi province rises the mount Pirgos with its peak reaching an altitude of 684m. At this steep peak, the archaeologist Stylianos Alexiou in 1963 identified one of the most important Minoan Peak Sanctuaries in Central Crete. Religious figurines and stone horns were found, and a rectangular building with dimensions 13m x 4.50m came to light. It can be reached by walking about 20 minutes from the nearest parking area that is reached by a rural road.

Pyrgos during antiquity seems to have played an important religious role for the Minoans. In addition to the sanctuary, the nearby Pera Korfi site hosted a depot for votive figurines and inscriptions, foundmixed with ash and vase pieces, while on the slopes of the same mountain there is the sacred cave of the Trapeza.

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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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