Gortyna, Gortyna Municipality

#17 of 34 in Historic Sites in Heraklion Prefecture
Historic Walking Area · Ruin
Gortyna (Ancient Greek: Γόρτυνα; also known as Gortyn (Γορτύν)) was a town of ancient Crete which appears in the Homeric poems under the form of Γορτύν; but afterwards became usually Gortyna (Γόρτυνα). According to Stephanus of Byzantium it was originally called Larissa (Λάρισσα) and Cremnia or Kremnia (Κρήμνια).
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  • In January we had the place almost just for us. The Gortyn code inscriptions are why the people come there. It was the oldest and most complete known example of a code of ancient Greek law and you...  more »
  • There is the organized archeological site and then another site, the Praetorium, which is close by but not marked at all and fenced off. The local taverna owner showed us where the entrance road was.....  more »
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