The Minoan Villa of


Vathypetro Minoan villa
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Vathipetro is a very small settlement located 4km and 20km south of Archanes and Heraklion, respectively, in a location with spectacular views to Jiouchtas Mount and the vineyards south of it. Next to the village and the road connecting Arhanes to Ligortynos, a Minoan mansion has been excavated.

This small palace was built in 1600BC but was destroyed in 1550BC to get restored partially in 1450BC. It had two floors, a central courtyard and was used as a luxury country house for a Minoan officer. The place housed an olive press, a wine press, a warehouse with 16 jars, a pottery workshop and a beautiful jar for carrying olive oil.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Ancient mansion
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC)
  • Accessibility: Paved road
  • Opening Hours: Daily except Monday 8:00-15:00 (Winter: contact the guard at +30 2810 752712)
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  • Phone: +30 2810 752712, +30 2810 288485, +30 2810 288394
  • Fax: +30 2810288484, +30 2810343574

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