Archaeological Site of Agia Triada ~ Minoan Villa
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We enjoyed seeing Gortyn and decided to head out to explore more. We had a quick lunch at a bakery. We decided to find the ancient town or villa called Ayia Triada.
First the history: Hagia Triada (also Ayia Triada, Agia Triada, Agia Trias), "ahyuh treeahdhuh .... It always seems to happen with very, very ancient towns there are many ways of saying and spelling the name. The actual settlement was from the early bronze age ... it was near Phaistos. It had storage rooms and had the largest number of linear A tablet, many of them were tracking the contents of the storage. It has been argued that the "palaces" were not palaces at all but were religious places or temples that played a major role in the distribution of stored goods and produce.
The town was destroyed in an earthquake in 1450 BC. Luckily it wasn't raided and it was rebuilt . It was occupied until the second century BC. It is famous for the "Sarcophacus of Ayia Triada". The sarcophacus is richly painted and is almost painted similar to an Egyptian one. The scenes on the outside show the sacrifice of a bull and all stages of the ceremony. It has a processional that shows a man playing a flute and one with a seven string lyre. (the oldest painting showing a lyre in Greece)
Also uncovered were three amazing carved vases. On the first, a group of men return home after the harvest to the sound of music, and on the second a group of athletes practising wrestling, boxing and bull leaping.
The town continued to be occupied by different groups: Greeks, Roman & Venetian. Christians occupied it and built a small church in 1300. The frescos are still there although they are quite faded. The town was occupied until 1897 when the Turks killed all 150 of the inhabitants.
Information office, Tel.: 2810 226470, 2810 226092, Fax: 2810 241515
We loved the site. It had a market place with eight shops, a drainage system, quite a few steps, benches, and storage vessels.