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Prefecture: Lassithi
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Episkopi 2932 hits

7 km from ierapetra and toward the path of Pachia Ammos inside the road lies the village Episkopi.

There the seat of Bishop (Episkopos in Greek) , and took the name, and therein lies one of the most special temples in the whole of Crete. Built in the 11th century, probably by Nicephorus Phocas, the Byzantine Church of Agios Georgios Charalambous, is a religious, historic, but also architectural monument of rare beauty.

The murals inside have not survived but the ornate colorful wooden temple with two dragons on the edges, impresses.
Episkopi, has been inhabited for thousands of years, and is a place of great archaeological finds, which are exhibited in the archaeological collection of Ierapetra. The famous sarcophagus, with its impressive decoration is one of the most important and best preserved ruins of the Mycenaean era.


The Tower ' Koules ', built in 1868 by Hussein Pasha Ayni.
The Church of Panagia Eftatroylis in the Centre of the village, a large domed Basilica, built in 1900 with hewn stone.
The Church of Agios Georgios and Agios Charalambos Church, two Aisled Byzantine church dating back to the 11th century, is built with stones River and the gaps between them filled with shells and pieces of bricks.
The village square, beneath the rich shade trees, where one can taste amazing delicacies with raki.

Vassiliki Ancient Site
Vassiliki Ancient Site 2671 hits
The settlement of Vasiliki is one of the first Minoan settlements with town-planning. It occupies the top and slopes of a low hill near the village Vasiliki, in the vicinity of the Minoan settlement of Gournia.

The first settlement dates back to the Early Minoan II period (2600-2300 B.C.) and owed its development not only to the strategic position, controlling the Isthmus of Ierapetra, but also to the neighbouring fertile plains. The central building of the settlement was destroyed by fire in around 2300 B.C. The hill was again occupied in the Middle Minoan period as attested by a building of the period (2200-1900 B.C.), while scant traces of habitation date to the Roman period.

The first excavation of the site was conducted by American archaeologists, first H. Boyd and later R.B. Seager, in the beginning of the 1900s. In 1970, the systematic excavation of the site was begun by A. Zois, under the auspices of the Athens Archaeological Society and is still in progress. The old excavation trenches were cleared and stratigraphically investigated.

How to get there:
The site can be found, if you turn on your right hand to get into the National road to Ierapetra coming from Agios Nikolaos, (right after the village Pahia Ammos), passing the village Xirokampos, in a few meters, there is a provincial road, on your right hand. That road leads to the site within few meters onwards and you have to walk like 5 min. on the trail on your left hand where the signs of the site are.