Modi

The village Modi is located within a lush landscape in the region of Platanias, 15 km away from the center in Chania.

The permanent population is occupied in the cultivation of citrus and olives in the valley Keritis. There you will find cafes, while at Ano Modi, you will have the chance to visit the Folklore Museum. The Cathedral of the village is the church of the Transfiguration, which was constructed in 1909. The first Primary School in Crete after the liberation from the Ottomans was built at this village.

In one aspect, the designation of the village comes from the Byzantine word “modius”, which means the cup used to measure the cereals.

However, the fact that in the region there had been already found ancient Cretan coins, having on one side Zeus the bearded and on the other side the head of a bull and the word MODAION, lead the scientists to conclude that an ancient Cretan city preexisted in this location and was called Moda or Modaia, who later became Modi.

The excavations of 1953 at Modi revealed seven Protogeometric carved tombs, jars, iron weapons, craters, compasses, amphoraes and other offerings of the period of the Geometric Culture. These findings date back to the 9th-8th BC century and are now exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Chania.