In the prefecture of Rethymno, approximately 4 km south of the settlement of Apodoulos and 60 km far from the city of Rethymno, the village of Rízikas lies.

At a low altitude and in the middle of a fertile valley, the village of Rízikas nestles, located on a central section of the road that connects Heraklion with the prefecture of Rethymno.

The name of the village of Rízikas probably originates in the fact that the settlement is located “sta Rza”, meaning at the foot of Psiloritis.

The Rízikas village has been inhabited since the antiquity. Coins of the Roman period have been found in the area, inflaming myths about rich treasures hidden in this area. These myths are popular even today.

In the center of the Rízikas village, the church of Agios Panteleimonas rises, the Saint is celebrated on July 27th. Human remains found inside the walls and marble architectural elements confirm that at this location once an Old-Christian basilica stood. Meanwhile, at the western end of the temple’s roof a female statue of the Hellenistic era has been found. A little further south and in about 200 meters, the ruins of another church lie, the church of Agia Fotini, dating to 15th-16th centuries.

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