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Ierapetra, the southernmost town in Europe!

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The Napoleon's residence

When the French general Napoleon Bonaparte was en route to Egypt, he stopped and spent a night in Ierapetra incognito.
The event is supposed to have taken place on the 26th of June in 1798, a short while before Napoleon reached Egypt and signed his declaration of war against the Mamelukes. The old house still holds the pride of the historic visit.

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The Island of Spinalonga Crete, former leper colony & setting of a best seller

The Island of Spinalonga Crete, former leper colony & setting of a best seller | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it

The island of Spinalonga is an ancient fortress first built to protect ancient Olous (Elounda), once one of the most important towns on Crete, especially between 3000-900 BC. Later in the 16th century the Venetians built a fortress on Spinalonga over the ruins of an acropolis and it was considered impregnable.

This did not stop the pirate Barbarossa (now featured in the Hollywood movie the Pirates of the Caribbean) attempting to storm the fortress. The Venetians, however, kept control of the island until the Ottoman Empire took possession of it in 1715 and created a Turkish village with around a thousand inhabitants.

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The Life & Writings of Nikos Kazantzakis (with a review of his Report To Greco)

The Life & Writings of Nikos Kazantzakis (with a review of his Report To Greco) | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it
 Nikos Kazantzakis This man is famous. You may know a lot about him, a little, or nothing at all. But once you discover how he viewed life and lived his own, I doubt you will ever forget him. Read ...
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#Crete #travel Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer and philosopher, celebrated for his novel Zorba the Greek, considered his magnum opus. He became known globally after the 1964 release of the Mic...

#Crete #travel Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer and philosopher, celebrated for his novel Zorba the Greek, considered his magnum opus. He became known globally after the 1964 release of the Mic... | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it

#Crete #travel Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer and philosopher, celebrated for his novel Zorba the Greek, considered his magnum opus. He became known globally after the 1964 release of the Michael Cacoyannis film Zorba the Greek, based on the novel.

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#Crete Kazantzakis tomb in Heraklion - Greeka.com

#Crete Kazantzakis tomb in Heraklion - Greeka.com | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it

The Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis in Heraklion Crete: Outside the walls of Heraklion, in the tower of Martinengo lies the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, the famous Greek writer whose books have been translated in many foreign languages. Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Heraklion in 1883 and in 1911 he left for the United States. Throughout his life he received many critics, particularly from the Church, for the messages of his books. Source: www.greeka.com

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Minoan Crete -- Ayia Triada Minoan Little Palace and town

Minoan Crete -- Ayia Triada Minoan Little Palace and town | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it
The Minoan town

North of the Royal Villa lies the town, and north-east of the town is a burial site. In what remains of the town, the long, narrow square contained eight shops along the east side and dates from the Postpalatial period. The houses to the west of the market date from two distinct periods. The lower ones are contemporary with the Royal Villa and date from the Neopalatial period (1600-1400 BCE), whereas the others are contemporary with the market and date from the Postpalatial period, (1400-1100 BCE).

The remains of the drainage system which existed both in the Royal Villa and the town can still be seen today on the north side of the north wing of the Royal Villa.

Two large buildings were later erected on top of the ruins of the north wing of the Royal Villa, and these date from the same period as the market. The larger of the two, in the centre of the north wing, is a megaron of Mycenaean type, and it is believed to have been the residence of the Achaean ruler of the region. The second building, to the east of the first, may have been a shrine.

Ayia Triada is less visited than its neighbour. As a result, it is well worth spending some time at this peaceful and beautiful site, set among trees, only three kilometres from Phaistos.

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Archaeological Site of Gortyn:Gortyn Inscription

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one of the oldest and strongest cities in Crete during the prehistoric and historic period
Gortys law codeThe Great Inscription is written in voustrophedon ("ox-plough turn") writing, running right to left in the first line and left to right in the next, and so on. It resembles the way an ox turns when ploughing a field, whence its name.
The Great Inscription is composed of 12 columns or deltoi (whence its Greek name Dodecadeltos), with a total of 630-640 lines, of which 605 are preserved.
The Law Code of Gortys treats matters of civil law, with no clauses on criminal or commercial law. The laws are strikingly liberal and progressive. They are not simply the laws of a Cretan city-state; they form the oldest Greek law code and are therefore considered the greatest contribution of Classical Crete to world culture. 

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Are you curious how people lived on #Crete 1964? Here is vintage video very VERY interesting

Crete, Greece. A look at the many attractions on the island of Crete. Various shots of tourists water skiing or lying on the beach in swimsuits and eating in...
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Approaching Spinalonga

Approaching Spinalonga | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it
Captured while our boat was approaching the island, during my first visit there, last fall. I love those crystal-clear waters :) See where this picture was taken. [?]
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The Island Cooking of Crete - YouTube

Crete is Greece's largest island. It was here that researchers first documented the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. In this brief look at their wa...
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Cheddar Cheese Grits With Shrimp, Pancetta, and Scallions

Cheddar Cheese Grits With Shrimp, Pancetta, and Scallions | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it
Ingredients:

8 ounces fresh medium shrimp in their shells
4 cups water
1 1/2 cups regular grits (not quick cooking)
1/2 cup diced pancetta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 cup sliced scallions


Directions: 
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Kissamos or Kastelli, information about Kissamos #travel

Kissamos or Kastelli, information about Kissamos #travel | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it
Kissamos or Kastelli Kissamou is a small town in West Crete, 43 kilometres from Chania.

Kissamos is the ideal holiday resort for…

Kissamos or Kastelli is ideal for people who want to explore West Crete while staying in a comfortable, organised place, with cheaper accommodation and food than other, more touristy parts of Chania Prefecture.


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Spinalonga – Crete’s tragic leper island, and more of Joanna Lumley! | Five Star Greece

Spinalonga – Crete’s tragic leper island, and more of Joanna Lumley! | Five Star Greece | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it
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NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS MUSEUM FOUNDATION

NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS MUSEUM FOUNDATION | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it

The Nikos Kazantzakis Museum pays tribute to the important intellectual, author, thinker, philosopher, politician and traveller Nikos Kazantzakis.

The Museum is made up of a cluster of buildings in the central square of the historical village of Varvari, now known as Myrtia. The Museum Exhibition is housed on a site formerly occupied by the home of the Anemoyiannis family, which was related to Nikos Kazantzakis' father, Kapetan Michalis.

The Museum was founded by set and costume designer Yiorgos Anemoyiannis, a pioneering figure in Greek theatre. His fundamental aim was to preserve the author's memory and promote his work and thought. Significant assistance was offered by Eleni Kazantzaki, the author's second wife.

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Welcome to the website of Kazantzakis Publications

Welcome to the website of Kazantzakis Publications | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it
This is the website of the Kazantzakis Publications, the Publishing House which publishes and distributes exclusively the works of Nikos Kazantzakis and his wife Eleni N. Kazantzakis. Navigating through our website will offer the visitor reliable and substantiated information about the life and work of Nikos Kazantzakis and his wife Eleni, and about the function and mandate of the Kazantzakis Publications [Patroclos Stavrou]. This Publishing House ensures that all the published works of Nikos Kazantzakis, of which we own the copyright, are always and readily available. Moreover, the visitor may find detailed descriptions of the books authored by Nikos Kazantzakis which are published and distributed by the Kazantzakis Publications [Patroclos Stavrou] (only available in Greek), relevant news and announcements, as well as useful links to trustworthy sources of information concerning the work and life of Nikos and Eleni Kazantzakis.
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"Dancers from Kamilari" of tomb is kept in the Arch. Museum of Heraklion & depicts four dancers in a circle #Crete

"Dancers from Kamilari" of tomb is kept in the Arch. Museum of Heraklion & depicts four dancers in a circle #Crete | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it
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A Cretan Conundrum | Kommos Conservancy

A Cretan Conundrum | Kommos Conservancy | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it

Kommos1is an archaeological site that was a Minoan port on the South-West coast of Crete. It was home to Minoans until the end of the Bronze-Age, about 1200 BCE. For about 200 years, the site lay deserted. Then, in the Iron Age, roughly the first millennium BCE, the site was intermittently occupied by Greeks and, apparently, by Phoenicians. That Iron-Age Greeks were there is unsurprising; their modern descendants are there to this day. But why Phoenicians and what were they doing there? That they were there seems undeniable. Phoenician pottery is found at Kommos and so is a Phoenician shrine, inside a Greek temple. (Shaw 1989).

The Phoenicians initially came from cities along the Canaanite coast, essentially coastal parts of today’s Syria, Lebanon, and Israel. Phoenicians were famous as sea-faring Canaanite merchants. Indeed the term “Phoenician” may be more a job description than it is an ethnic identity. Phoenicians expanded throughout the Mediterranean and even beyond to the Atlantic coasts of Africa and Spain.

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Matala history: caves and ruins in ancient Matala in Minoan Crete

Matala history: caves and ruins in ancient Matala in Minoan Crete | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it

Matala - was the port of the ancient Minoan city of Phaistos in south #Crete. Ancient ruins are still visible in Matala Crete and the caves evidence its history.
History of Matala Crete

Matala is located 4 km south-west of the village of Pitsidia and 75 km from Iraklion. It is built on the coast line of the Messara bay inside a small and picturesque inlet.
The artificial caves in the cliff of the Matala bay were created in the Neolithic Age and probably were used as prehistoric dwellings and places of worship. 
Matala was the port of the ancient Minoan city of Phaistos in south Crete. Ancient ruins are still visible in Matala Crete and the caves evidence its history

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El Greco, architect of altarpieces, photos by Joaquín Bérchez

El Greco, architect of altarpieces, photos by Joaquín Bérchez | #Crete Island Adventure | Scoop.it
For the fourth centenary of Doménikos Theotokópoulos (Candia, Crete, 1541 – Toledo, 1614), better known as El Greco, on 19 February the Cervantes Institute of Athens opens ‘El GrecoArchiteto de retablos’. Through the lens of Joaquín Bérchez, the photographic shoot of altarpieces that the artist designed to frame his paintings analyzes his little known about architectural facet. The exhibition will then travel to Heraklion (Crete), Rome, Naples, and Palermo, among other cities.
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Discover Crete - Tourism Advertisement - YouTube

Perched in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, stands one of the finest Island of the 21st century!
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