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Archaeological Site Of Vathypetro Archanes

Archaeological Site Of Vathypetro Archanes Crete

Archaeological Site Of Vathypetro Archanes Crete

Heraklion Prefecture – Archanes Heraklion


Details / Information  Overview:

The Minoan villa in Vathypetro was most likely the residence of a local ruler. Its architecture is comparable to that of a “Little Palace”: it has a central and west court, a small tripartite shrine, a three-columned portico, storerooms, and workshops. It seems that the construction of the building was never completed. Interesting elements of its architecture are the installations of a wine-press in the south wing and an oil-press in the courtyard.

The construction of the villa started in approx. 1580 B.C. and lasted for thirty years but only the west wing was completed. The interior wall of the east wing had just started to be built when the whole structure was destroyed, possibly by an earthquake, and abandoned in 1550 B.C.

The site was excavated in the summer of 1979 by Yannis Sakellarakis.

Address  Address:


Location (City, Village, Area)  Location:

Archanes, Heraklion

Telephone number  Telephone:

(+30) 2810226470, (+30) 2810752712

Fax number  Fax:

E-mail address  E-mail:

[email protected]

Website Url Url:

Operating Period  Operating Period:


Operating Days & Hours  Operating Days & Hours:

APR-OCT: TUE-SUN: 08:00-15:00
NOV-MAR: MON-SUN: by appointment (call +30 2810752712)

Admission Fee  Admission Fee:

• Free Entrance

Notes  Notes:



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 Last update 30/04/2017

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