Aptera

For those who love archaeology, this is one of my favorite blogs FOLLOWING HADRIAN PHOTOGRAPHY. The photographs of the ancient ruins of Aptera on the island of Crete are fascinating. Aptera was founded in the geometric period (8th century BC) and reached its peak during the Hellenistic period as one of the most important and powerful city-state of ancient Crete.

Please enjoy!

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The ancient city of Aptera lies on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete, on a low hill dominating the Souda Bay. According to the findings of the excavations, Aptera was founded in the geometric period (8th century BC) and reached its peak during the Hellenistic period as one of the most important and powerful city-state of ancient Crete. With its two ports, Minoa and Kastelli, Aptera continued to be an important city during the Roman period and during the early days of the Byzantine Empire before being destroyed by two earthquakes in the 4th and 7th centuries and then by the Saracens in 823 AD.

Coordinates: 35° 27′ 46.44″ N, 24° 8′ 31.2″ E

Comforted by the finding of coins bearing the legend APT, the 19th-century English traveller Robert Pashley was the first to establish a link between the remains discovered on the hill of Paliokastro…

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