Peak Sanctuary of


Vrysinas Peak Sanctuary
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At the site of the chapel of Agio Pnevma (the Holy Spirit) at the summit of mount Vrysinas, in an altitude of 858m, the archaeologists have identified probably the most important Minoan Peak Sanctuary in West Crete, the peak sanctuary of Vrysinas. From this point one can overlook the northern coast of Rethymnon and the province of Agios Vasilios to the south.

Excavations at this open-air sanctuary revealed very important findings dating back from 1900-1050 BC. Hundreds of zoomorphic and anthropomorphic clay offerings were offered by the Minoans to their goddess. Among them in 2011 a red steatite seal was found engraved with the most ancient language of the Minoans, the hieroglyphic script, which is the only known sample of this script in West Crete.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Type: Peak Sanctuary
  • Peak Period: Minoan Era (3000 BC-1200 BC)
  • Accessibility: Walking

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