CRETE - SEPTEMBER 2007
We were in Crete in 2006. We loved it so much that we returned in 2007!
"GORTYNA (GORTYN) was a Roman city. According to the legend, Zeus married Europa under a plane tree in Gortyna, and that tree was permitted to remain green forever. One of the major archaeological discoveries was the Odeon, where the Italian archaeologist Federico Halbherr found the famous Gortyna Code (500 BC) in 1884, the longest inscription in the ancient world. The inscription (located inside the building seen in the photo) is written in a continuous script (named boustrophedon) that goes left to write in the first line, then right to left in the second line... It details the legal rights of the citizens, including the laws dealing with the inheritance of property. It also shows that brothers started being favoured over sisters in the transmission of wealth. It seems however that vestiges of the Minoan matriarchy did survive. For example, if a free man fathered children on a slave, those children were considered slaves; but if a free woman had children with a slave, the children were considered freeborn!"
"BASILICA OF TITUS - Titus preached in Crete, and the Agios Titus Basilica, the best remaining example of an early Christian church in Greece, marks the site of his martyrdom. It was destroyed by the Arabs in 824, but some ruins still remain"
"PHAISTOS (PHAESTOS OR FESTOS) is the second most important archaeological palace in Crete, next to Knossos. With the Psiloritis, the highest mountain in Crete, to the north and the Mesara plain next to it, Phaistos is the site where the famous Phaistos Disc was discovered"
"AGIA GALINI is a lovely harbour village in the southern coast of Crete, with some nice restaurants for a lunch break"
"RETHYMNO - In 2006 I took a photo of the Fortezza that looked a bit blurred. This one seems to be a bit better..."
"CRETA PALACE HOTEL - The beach at the Creta Palace was fair enough, and we had a great time there"
"VIEW towards the mountains from the top floor of the Creta Palace"
"RETHYMNO - In 2006 we took a picture of the Port restaurants during the day. This is a night view!"