Ancient Itanos in Sitia, Crete
Lasithi Sights & Monuments - The ancient city of Itanos in Sitia, Crete has a fascinating history. Legend has it that inhabitants from Santorini set out to discover a new city in Africa but instead built Itanos in the Sitia region. While it's thought that a Minoan settlement existed here in the late Neolithic period, no evidence has been found to support this theory. Over time, Itanos became a bustling port, with Phoenicians using it for trade. As the city developed, crafts such as glass production, fisheries, and textiles became popular. Today, Ancient Itanos is recognized as a crucial trade point between Crete and the east. Sadly, in 795 AD, an earthquake destroyed the city, leaving behind only ruins and a rich history to be explored.
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