Gortyna ~ famous for Written Laws & Byzantine Basilica
Gortyn (Crete) Travel Blog› entry 29 of 38 › view all entries
David and I drove back to the Gortyna site... We had it located (finally the day before ) and were looking forward to exploring it.
Gortyna was founded in the 5th century BC. It's golden days were between the Roman conquest of 67 BC until it's destruction by the Turks in 824 AD. There was a church that is The Basilica of Aghios Titos the bears the monogram of the emperor on it. It was built in 550 BC. It's existance showed Gortyna was important in the Hellentystic, Roman and Christian Crete. There was also a covered concert hall that was rebuilt during Trajan's reign.
The most important feature in the site is a huge stone wall inscribed with laws.
We arrived early. We were traveling off season and there was scarcely anyone around. We paid the admission and went in..... The remains of the Basilica were beautiful... The beautiful curved ceiling was exposed to the elements. There were quite a few birds flying in and out of the structure. The outer lobby had a few statues in it. They were all Roman statues dating from about the second or third century BC.
We spoke briefly to a French couple who had been at several sites we visited that week. They had a guide book and were avid in following the map and layout. It was nice to see people as dotty as we are about ancient ruins. LOL ... (probably not a compliment to them!) We were carrying copies of pages from a book we have at the house.