Kranae. The island to which Paris first carried Helen from Peloponnesus. Its locality is uncertain, but some identify it with Cythera.
Paris stayed here with the Beautiful Helen. The Phonenicians set up a work shop for the elaboration of porphyra. Janetakis Tower, the tower of the famous family of the Gregorakedes, is in the middle of the islet ( It houses the Historical and Ethnological museum of Mani). The islet in 1898 was linked with the mainland by a platform.
This text is cited Apr 2003 from the Laconian Professionals URL below, which contains image.
Cranae (Kranae), an island in the Laconian gulf, opposite Gytheium,
whither Paris carried off Helen from Sparta. This little island, now called Marathonisi,
is described by a modern traveller as low and flat, and at the distance of only
100 yards from the shore. The ruined foundation of a temple supports at present
a Greek chapel. (Hom. Il. iii. 442; Paus. iii. 22. § 1; Walpole's Memoirs, vol.
i. p. 58.)
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