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Aptera Archaeological Site

Aptera is a site in western Crete, a kilometer inland from the southern shore of Souda Bay, about 13 kilometers east of Chania in the municipality of Akrotiri.
It is mentioned (A-pa-ta-wa) in Linear B tablets from the 14th-13th centuries BC.

With its highly fortunate geographical situation, the city-state was powerful from Minoan through Hellenistic times, when it gradually declined.
It was destroyed by earthquake during the 7th century.

By the 12th century, a monastery of St. John Theologos had been built on the site; it continued in operation until 1964.
The site is now maintained by the Greek Ministry of Culture, Department of Antiquities.

The hilltop, about 150 meters above the sea, commands views of Souda Bay and the Akrotiri Peninsula to the north, the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) to the south, and Kalives and the Turkish Itzendin Castle to the east; the city of Chania is not quite visible to the west.

source: wikipedia.org

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  1. Elizabeth L., September 11, 2013 at 07:51

    My husband and I visited this site a couple of weeks ago. I so thoroughly enjoyed our visit that I wrote about my experience in my travel blog. Click here if you would like to view my travel blog entry about my amazing trip to the archaeological site of Ancient Aptera:

    http://lelanius.travellerspoint.com/6/

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