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Archaeological Site of Vathypetro

Last Update: Jul 2012

Minoan Villa

Archaeological site VATHYPETRO , HERAKLIO , GREECE
Tel.: +30 2810 752712 , Fax: +30 2810 241515
Opening hours:
01Jun - 31Oct Tue-Sun, 0800-1500
01Nov - 31May Tue-Sun, 0830-1500

Archaeological Site of Vathypetro - Overview

  The Minoan villa at Vathypetro was most likely the residence of a local ruler. Its architecture is comparable to that of a small-scale minoan palace: it has a central and west court, a small tripartite shrine, a three-columned portico, storerooms and workshops. It seems that the construction of the building was never completed. Interesting elements of its architecture are the installations of a wine-press in the south wing and an oil-press in the courtyard.
  The construction of the villa started in ca. 1580 BC but remained incomplete. The interior wall of the east wing had just started to be built when the whole structure was destroyed, possibly by an earthquake, and abandoned in 1550 BC. One of the reconstructed rooms of the complex houses today a small pottery exhibition.

Archaeological Site of Vathypetro - Map

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  • Archaeological service:, Tel.: 2810 226470, 2810 226092, Fax: 2810 343574, Email:  
    23rd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Heraklion

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Ancient monuments • Villa / Neopalatial period, 1700-1450 BC

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