The mysterious settlement of



Fratiani Kefala
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High above the village Frati in South Rethymnon and north of the settlement we meet the Fratiani Kefala hill. This is a very steep hill with cliffs at most of its sides, which has very good views to the surrounding area and was used as a shelter in tough historical times. Kefala was chosen as a place for settling the Minoans during the dark era that followed the Minoan disaster, i.e. between 1200-800BC, when they moved to the most isolated places of the island.

Fratiani Kefala is a natural fort and for many meters we still meet pottery parts and ruins of the former post Minoan town, which was relatively big. At the highest point of the hill there is an imposing rock with ruins around that probably served as a sanctuary.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Type: Ancient Settlement
  • Peak Period: Dark Age (1200 BC - 800 BC)
  • Accessibility: Walking

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