Tylissos – ruins of Minoan villas near Heraklion

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Tylissos – Minoan city

Tylissos is one of the few Cretan settlements which have kept their pre-Hellenic names.

Ruins of minoan villas
Remains of rooms

It flourished from the Minoan times to the Venetian period. The continuous habitation resulted mainly from its geographical location in a fertile upland valley with water resources and road crossings that connect the northern coastline.

Historians such as Pliny (1st c. AD) and Solin (3rd c. AD) refer to Tylissos as one of the most important cities of Crete, along with Knossos, Gortys and Cydonia (now Chania).

Pithosy (storage vessels) for storing food supplies
Ruins of Minoan villas near Heraklion

The central part of the Minoan city, comprising household, funerary and religious sites, lies beneath the modern village. Current excavations show the remains of buildings from the Neopalatial period (1750-1450 BC), and later fragments, e.g. the round water Cistern (1400-1200 BC).

I can add that a walk around the ruins of Minoan villas allows you to have a good look at the arrangement of old rooms. It is even possible to imagine the inhabitants of these villas. 🙂 The more so as large fragments of walls, stairs, and even fragments of coloured plaster have been preserved.


Photographs of Tylissos from the Neopalatial period

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