ANO VIANNO (Village) HERAKLIO
From Pirgos to Ano Viannos it is 35km. The scenery is pleasant, but the drive is long and tiresome. Ano Viannos is 65km southeast of Iraklion on the road Iraklion - Arkalohori - Ano Viannos. In the wider area of Viannos there are Byzantine churches, Minoan remainders and clean beaches. The famous early twentieth century journalist, Yannis Kondilakis, came from this village . During World War II, the Germans killed 400 women and children and razed the villages of the area.
This text is cited Feb 2003 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains image.
EBAROS (Village) HERAKLIO
The village of Embaros is 51km southeast of Iraklion, on the road to Ano Viannos. Embaros was the largest village of Pediada during the Venetian occupation, a fact which can be supported by the many Byzantine churches in the area.
KATO SYMI (Village) VIANNO
Kato Simi is 77km southeast of Iraklion, 12km east of Ano Viannos. The wider area of Kato Simi has a very interesting Peak Sanctuary high on the forested south side of Mount Dikte, and some interesting Byzantine churches.
ARKADES (Ancient city) VIANNO
Arcadia (Arkadia; Arkades, Steph. B. probably Eth.), a city of Crete, which in Hierocles is placed between Lyctus and Cnossus; but in Kiepert's map appears on the coast of the gulf of Didymoi Kolpoi. It disputed the claims of Mt. Ida to be the birthplace of Zeus. The Arcadians were first allies of Cnossus, but afterward joined Lyctus. (Pol. iv. 53.) According to Theophrastus, when the town fell into the hands of enemies the springs ceased to flow; when recovered by the inhabitants they resumed their course (Senec. Quaest. Nat. iii. 2; Plin, xxxi. 4).
This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited June 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
VIANNOS (Ancient city) HERAKLIO
Biennus (Biennos: Eth. Biennios: Vianos), a small city of Crete which the coast-describer (Geogr. Graec. Minor. ed. Gail, vol. ii. p. 495) places at some distance from the sea, midway between Hierapytna and Leben, the most eastern of the two parts of Gortyna. The Blenna of the Peutinger Table, which is placed at 30 M. P. from Arcadia, and 20 M. P. from Hierapytna, is no doubt the same as Biennus. In Hierocles, the name of this city occurs under the form of Bienna. The contest of Otus and Ephialtes with Ares is said to have taken place near this city. (Homer, Il. v. 315; Steph. B. s. v.) From this violent conflict the city is said to have derived its name. Mr. Pashley, in opposition to Dr. Cramer, who supposes that certain ruins said to be found at a considerable distance to the E. of Haghii Saranta may represent Biennus, fixes the site at Vianos, which agrees very well with the indications of the coast-describer. (Pashley, Travels, vol. i. p. 267.)
This text is from: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD). Cited July 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
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