Rethymno - Archaeological Sites

Rethymno prefecture’s archaeological sites are an integral piece of its land and inseparable from the historical memory of its inhabitants.

Archaeological sites that highlight the long history of the place, its importance and prosperity until its decadence are scattered in the mountain range of Psiloritis, such as Zominthos, Ancient Eleftherna and Ancient Axos, or inside the city of Rethymno, such as the Fortezza Fortress, even in the villages surrounding it, such as Ancient Lappa and Late-Minoan Necropolis of Armeni.

The archaeological sites reveal us the rich Minoan history of the area, the history that made this area known all over the world, the commercial relations of the inhabitants of that time and ceremonial rituals and traditions. The archaeological sites’ excavations have revealed important findings with pieces of frescoes, delicately painted vases made of precious materials, jewelry and even entire buildings, archaeological remains dating from the Stone Age to the Roman and early Christian times. Indeed, the range of archaeological sites is so enormous and unexplored that the excavations continue up to this day, being an inexhaustible source of information about the lifestyle, social organization and function of the Minoan civilization, but also geometric, Roman and Hellenistic periods.

  • Ancient Eleftherna

    Ancient Eleftherna in the prefecture of Rethymno is an archaeological site located about 25 km to the southeast of Rethymno, between Arkadi and Margarites.

  • Fortezza fortress

    The Fortezza fortress is an archaeological site in the prefecture of Rethymno built upon the hill of Paleokastro, on the west side of the today’s city

  • Late-Minoan Necropolis of Armeni

    The Late-Minoan Necropolis of Armeni in Rethymno prefecture is an archaeological site located 9 kilometers to the south of the city of Rethymno.

  • Minoan Settlement of Apodoulos

    The Minoan Settlement of Apodoulos in Rethymno prefecture is an archaeological site near the village of Apodoulos located 54 km far from Rethymno.

  • Cavalier of Agios Loukas

    The cavalier of Agios Loukas is located in Rethymno , southwest of Fortezza Fortress , at the bastion of Agios Loukas.

  • Archaeological site of Monastiraki

    The archaeological site of Monastiraki is located in the homonymous village in prefecture of Rethymno and 35 km far from the city of Rethymno .

  • Ancient Lappa

    Ancient Lappa is an archaeological site in the prefecture of Rethymno , built near Argyroupoli , 27 kilometers southwest of the city of Rethymno

  • Ancient Axos

    Ancient Axos is an archaeological site in the village of Axos in Rethymno prefecture, built at the root of Mt Psiloritis, 45 kilometers far from Rethymnon

  • Zominthos

    Zominthos is an archaeological site in the prefecture of Rethymno, located on Psiloritis at an altitude of 1,200 meters on your way to the Ideon Andron.

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