Archaeological Site of Agia Triada ~ Minoan Villa

Ayia Triada Travel Blog

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Just follow the signs

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.

sarcophacus
  One thing that would help prove this theory is the poor location of the rooms that have been called royal apartments.

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.

drainage system
At the Servants’ Quarters, a wonderful steatite cup was found, depicting a lively children’s game: the King and his soldiers. 

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.   

 

sylviandavid says:
Kong, Thanks so much for the nice comments and smiles.. Sylvia
Posted on: Jan 25, 2011
almond72 says:
so many nice pictures !
Posted on: Jan 25, 2011
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Just follow the signs
Just follow the signs
sarcophacus
sarcophacus
drainage system
drainage system
The site was clearly marked
The site was clearly marked
More signs....
More signs....
Looking down into the site from th…
Looking down into the site from t…
rows of walls
rows of walls
Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada
One of the eight shop quarters
One of the eight shop quarters
A shard of pottery... yeah, I got …
A shard of pottery... yeah, I got…
pillar within a wall
pillar within a wall
stairs up to the shrines
stairs up to the shrines
shard
shard
looking along the walls of the eig…
looking along the walls of the ei…
The walls
The walls
Pottery shard!!
Pottery shard!!
Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada
drainage system
drainage system
looking out from a shop
looking out from a shop
one of the eight shops
one of the eight shops
These appear to be wine presses
These appear to be wine presses
One of the buildings
One of the buildings
Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada
stairs
stairs
Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada
drainage system
drainage system
wall
wall
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
Storage Vessel
Storage Vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada
David next to one of the immense s…
David next to one of the immense …
Vessel with snakes on the side
Vessel with snakes on the side
storage vessel shard
storage vessel shard
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
storage vessel
wall
wall
Stepped ramp (so pack animals coul…
Stepped ramp (so pack animals cou…
Steps up to the temple
Steps up to the temple
palace
palace
main hall of the palace
main hall of the palace
palace
palace
Palace
Palace
palace
palace
palace
palace
1300 AD church
1300 AD church
paved area
paved area
steps up to the temple
steps up to the temple
structures
structures
grinder
grinder
1300 BC church
1300 BC church
detail of the steps
detail of the steps
Ayia Triada steps
Ayia Triada steps
looking at the walls
looking at the walls
shops
shops
shops
shops
two storied storage / very unusual
two storied storage / very unusual
door of the church
door of the church
door of the church
door of the church
olives / love olive trees and phot…
olives / love olive trees and pho…
church interior
church interior
inside the church
inside the church
fresco 1300 ad
fresco 1300 ad
fresco
fresco
fresco
fresco
fresco
fresco
fresco
fresco
fresco
fresco
church wall
church wall
writing
writing
painted
painted
fresco
fresco
fresco
fresco
the step
the step
fresco
fresco
inside
inside
top of church
top of church
alcove on church
alcove on church
church
church
church
church
church outside alter
church outside alter
carvings
carvings
outside detail
outside detail
church
church
church
church
fragments
fragments
back of church
back of church
olives
olives
wine press
wine press
fragments
fragments
Ayia Triada tourist shadows
Ayia Triada tourist shadows
paved road to Phaistos
paved road to Phaistos
Harvest vase / It is at the Hereli…
Harvest vase / It is at the Herel…
sarcophacus looks like the flute p…
sarcophacus looks like the flute …
sarcophacus Ayia Triada
sarcophacus Ayia Triada
Ayia Triada sarcophacus
Ayia Triada sarcophacus
Ayia Triada sarcophacus
Ayia Triada sarcophacus
end of sarcophacus
end of sarcophacus
sarcophacus
sarcophacus
sarcophacus
sarcophacus
sarcophacus
sarcophacus
sarcophacus
sarcophacus
sarcophacus
sarcophacus
Ayia Triada
photo by: sylviandavid