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Kastelli, Kissamos

  In the middle of the gulf of Kissamos, on the north coast of Crete, is Kastelli 43km from Chania. Kastelli has a good beach with hotels and tavernas in front of the town. A central Starting Point for excursions with several tourists facilities in Kissamos is Kastelli, the capital of Kissamos. Travellers may find Kastelli an enjoyable base for exploring the area of Kissamos. You can reach many places on day trips from Kastelli. Kastelli, was a harbour of ancient Polirinia. It became a very important independent city during Roman times. During the summer months archaeological work is in progress in Kastelli and you can see remains of second and third century mosaic floors behind the Health Centre. Other areas in the city have revealed various Roman remains such as baths, villas, and tombs that show the existence of a major ancient city.

This text is cited Oct 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains image.

The name Kissamos is of pre-hellenic origin and it was the name of an ancient community that existed in the same place. The ancient Kissamos was a marine and commercial center of the Western Crete, and it was the port of the ancient town of polyrenia. Later, when it was occupied by the Romans ,a new theater and Roman villas were built on top of the old town. The city continued to prosper during the early Byzantine period when it was an episcopical seat. The Venetians built the wall that parts of it are still standing inside the city. The Venetian fortress, Castelo, was the special characteristic of the city and thus the city was named after it Kasteli. Because in Crete there are many towns with the name Kasteli, it was named Kasteli Kissamou.

The Catholic Encyclopedia


  Cisamus, a titular see of Crete.
  Kisamos, or Kissamos, was a harbour on the north-west coast of Crete in a bay of the same name, and served Aptera as a port of entry.
  The see still exists, and is suffragan to Candia. During the occupation of the island by the Venetians there was also a Latin see subject to Gortyna and Candia.
  Kissamos, or Kissamo Kasteli, is now a little port frequented only by coasting boats.

S. Petrides, ed.
Transcribed by: Douglas J. Potter
This extract is cited June 2003 from The Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent online edition URL below.

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