Ancient Gournia in Lasithi, Crete
Lasithi Sights & Monuments - Located on a small hill in Lasithi, just a few hundred meters from the Gulf of Mirabello, lies the historic archaeological site of Ancient Gournia in Lasithi, Crete. This well-preserved site is considered the most characteristic of medium-size settlements dating back to the late Minoan period, from 1550 to 1450 B.C. Often referred to as the "Pompeii of Minoan Crete," Ancient Gournia offers visitors a glimpse into the past. The settlement was first established during the Early Minoan III period in 2300 B.C. and continued to thrive until its final abandonment around 1200 B.C. Remains from the Middle Minoan period, from 2000 to 1600 B.C., are also well-preserved. The palace and other palatial centers of Crete were destroyed in 1600 B.C., including Gournia. Excavations of this extraordinary site were conducted between 1901 and 1904, making Ancient Gournia in Lasithi, Crete, a must-visit destination for history lovers and enthusiasts.