The ancient city of Pikilassos

The ancient city of Pikilassos constituted an essential Greek city during the Archaic, the Classical and the Hellenistic period in western Crete. The location of the ancient city of Pikilassos is at Voukelasi, at the exit of the Tripiti Gorge between Sougia and Agia Roumeli. The ancient city of Pikilassos was not a self-governing and independent city, but constituted the main port of the ancient city of Eliros.

The ancient city of Pikilassos reached its peak up until the times of the Hellenistic period. Gradually, during the Roman period and because of the decline the city, the residents abandoned the settlement and moved to Tripiti Gorge.

The influence exerted by members of the Roman Empire on the ancient city of Pikilassos is reflected and explained by inscriptions at the temple dedicated to Serapes, an Egyptian God. Tombs carved in the rocks were discovered, after lengthy excavations in the ancient city of Pikilassos.

Later, in the 3rd century BC, the ancient city of Pikilassos joined the Alliance of Orions, along with the ancient cities of Lissos, Tarra, Irtakina and Eliros.