The mysterious settlement of


Vrokastro Settlement
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Atop a steep peak, naturally fortified and close to Kalo Chorio, we meet the ruins of the Late Minoan settlement of Vrokastro. This settlement belongs to the dozens of settlements of the darkest period of Crete (1200BC), after the destruction of the Minoan civilization, when settlements were founded on the most inhospitable and inaccessible peaks of the Cretan mountains.

Vrokastro was firstly excavated in 1912 and the works revealed a fortified town with strong walls, which in some places supported homes, with streets and alleys. The city was divided into two neighborhoods with some buildings scattered in between. A shrine of the 8th century BC was also found, and tombs.

Vrokastro developed relations with Central Crete and the Aegean, due to the proximity to the sea. It is believed to have been inhabited till the Hellenistic years, because of some findings (sherds) with black paint that was used then.

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Additional Info

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