Vasiliki ~ Early Minoan

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Vassiliki: Minoan settlement

After we left Gournia, David and I decided to try to find the Vasiliki site that was listed in our book. We started out a little lost but after driving a bit along a road we saw signs. We found the site in the middle of an olive grove.

We were surprised to find the only way to get to it was to trek through a large olive grove. We just followed the path although it was quite a ways. Finally we came to a broken chain link fence that the path followed and went through. We walked in and photographed areas but were very careful as there was no docent on duty.

The site has been excavated by many teams starting in 1901. The Vasiliki site has been occupied since 2600 BC. Although it was destroyed by fire in 2300 it was reoccupied during the Minoan period and some traces show it may have been occupied in the Roman period. Vasiliki is in a strategic area because it is on a fertile plain. It is also speculated that the town controlled the Isthmus of Hierapetra which was important for trade.

There was no signage in the town. We carefully photographed from the paths and left.

Vasiliki the red house
As we left there was a ticket booth. I put 4 Euros under a stone near the window to pay for our passage. We had no idea how much it was supposed to cost.   I read later the entrance was free.... Darn! David told me I was wasting my efforts.

We read that the site is in danger as there was a proposal for a new airport in the area. It seems to us that with two airports in Crete it would not be advantageous to have a third. The airport would be used for tourist in the summer and for agricultural exports in the winter.

and 11km north of Lerapetra on the main road from Lerapetra to Agios Nikolaos near the north coast.

 

 

The Minoan site of Vasiliki is 24km southeast of Agios Nikolaos     

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Vassiliki: Minoan settlement
Vassiliki: Minoan settlement
Vasiliki the red house
Vasiliki the red house
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Vasiliki .... handsome tourist
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Vasiliki the red house
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Vasiliki paved court area
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back to the car
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olive trees
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WHOA... a bus cruising through t…
the bay
the bay
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following the bus ... HE CLEARED …
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Following the bus...yikes
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following the bus.... He Rules!
wonderful old building
wonderful old building
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looking at the towns
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An old building
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Old building or tower or windmill
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scenery
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old windmill or tower
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Tunnel .. quite a few on the moun…
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I think this might have said dess…
overpass
overpass
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tunnel under the mountain... some…
inside the tunnel
inside the tunnel
Vasiliki
photo by: sylviandavid