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Polyrinia

Listed under Classical Archeology in Crete, Greece.

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Polyrinia was one of the most fortified towns in ancient Greece – because it was one of the most important. It was built on top of a hill, with a view over both the Cretan and Libyan seas, and commanded a beautiful view over the western end of the island. The remains that have been exposed and can be seen by visitors today are mostly from the Roman and medieval periods of this city, its walls were built upon by each subsequent civilisation, so the earlier ones are still largely hidden. The Venetians recycled the earlier stone into some of their own buildings which is why some of them look more modern than others.

The main temple of Polyrinia was on the city's acropolis. It was dedicated to Artemis. Unfortunately the temple was taken apart and many of its stones were used in the church that now occupies the same spot. This has preserved the carved stones at least, and the alter, which has been incorporated into the design of the church's altar.

The nearest modern town is Kissamos.

Written by  H.T. Hallum.

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By Christopher Somerville for The Times First Published July 25th 2004 ...It seemed an archetypal image of western Crete, and one enhanced by the setting, for Polyrinia is one of the island’s most beautifully positioned archeological sites. The … Read more...

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“A skinny dip into Crete's ancient past”

By Christopher Somerville for The Times First Published July 25th 2004 ...It seemed an archetypal image of western Crete, and one enhanced by the setting, for Polyrinia is one of the island’s most beautifully positioned archeological sites. The … Read more...

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