Piskokefalo Peak Sanctuary


Piskokefalo Peak Sanctuary
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The hill Katrinia in the area of Piskokefalo, province Sitia, hosted one of the most important peak sanctuaries of Minoan Crete, where pilgrims from the surrounding areas came to praise their deities and devote their tributes. Three sacred caves have been identified in the same area, just like in other peak sanctuaries in Crete (e.g. Giouchtas, Pirgos near Tylissos, etc.).

Archaeologist Nikolaos Platon in 1952 brought to light the most important, till then, findings of minoan pottery. Unfortunately, looters had earlier found many figurines. Among the many finds of Platon, we can see male and female figurines with elaborate hairstyle that gave the researchers valuable insights into the appearance of the Minoans.

Also many vases, beads and unusually many clay scarabs were found. Moreover, the archaeologists found replicas of temples with the Minoan double horn in their cornice.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Peak Sanctuary
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC)
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
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