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Archaeological Site of Aptera

Last Update: Apr 2014
Archaeological site, Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Monuments, Castles & Fortresses, Cultural heritage APTERA , CHANIA , GREECE
73003 APTERA , CHANIA , GREECE
Tel.: +30 28210 44418, 94487, 90334
Opening hours:
01Jun - 31Oct Tue-Sun, 0800-1500
01Nov - 31May Tue-Sun, 0830-1500

Archaeological Site of Aptera - Photo Gallery

Archaeological Site of Aptera - Overview

  Aptera was founded in the Geometric period, although the city is mentioned in the Linear B tablets found at Knossos (A-pa-ta-wa). It reached a peak in the Hellenistic period, with intense commercial and political activity. In the Roman period, the town had a more rural character. It was destroyed by an earthquake in the 7th century AD and much later, in the 12th century, the Monastery of Hagios Ioannes Theologos (St. John the Baptist) was founded at the site.

  The most important monuments of the site are:
- The Roman cisterns
- Bipartite temple, known as the "bipartite sanctuary", dated to the 5th-4th century BC
- Graves of the Geometric-Roman periods
- The fortification walls, preserved to a length of almost 4 kilometres. The main phase of construction belongs to the 4th century BC.
- The Roman bouleuterion
- The Late Byzantine monastery of Hagios Ioannes Theologos (St. John the Baptist)
- The Turkish fortress built in 1866-1869

Archaeological Site of Aptera - Map

Executives & Departments

  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 28210 44418, 28210 94487, Fax: 28210 44418, 28210 94487, Email:  
    25th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Chania

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Archaeological site

Art & culture

Visiting Information • Free admission • Fixed hours • Organized archeological site
Ancient city  
Ancient monuments • Baths / Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324 • Walls / Classical period, 480-323 BC / Hellenistic period, 323-31 BC • Theatre / Roman period, 31 BC-AD 324 • Temples / Classical period, 480-323 BC
Ancient sanctuary • Sanctuary of local heroes (Heroon)
Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Monuments

Art & culture

Castle • Ottoman period, 1453-1821
On site monuments • Monastery / Late Byzantine period, AD 1204-1453

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