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Gournia Minoiki Poli, Agios Nikolaos
Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Gournia is the site of a Minoan palace complex on the island of Crete, Greece, excavated in the early 20th century by the American archaeologist, Harriet Boyd-Hawes. The original name for the site is unknown. The modern name comes from the abundant hollow vessels found all over the site. Gournia lies in the municipality of Ierapetra in the prefecture of Lasithi.ChronologyThe overarching term "Bronze Age" means something different depending on the culture and region of the world being studied. The Aegean Bronze Age is defined according to the place, which are mainland, Aegean islands, and Crete. These are referred to as Helladic, Cycladic, and Minoan respectively. Although Crete is an island in the Aegean, their culture is so distinctive from the ones considered to be Cycladic that it stands on its own.Archaeologists abbreviate the chronological periods using two prefixes. The first one always refers to the major Bronze Age period which are Early, Middle and Late. The second letter stands for the place: H for Helladic, M for Minoan and C for Cycladic. Lastly, some of these periods are further divided and distinguished from each other by adding Roman numerals and sometimes letters for subperiods. Thus, EM IIB refers to the last half of the second period of the Early Minoan Bronze Age. Besides using this notation, since the Bronze Age in Crete is based on the building, use, and destruction of important architectural structures known as "palaces" found throughout the island, Minoan archaeologists tend to employ and use these as criteria to name the periods as Pre-palatial, Protopalatial, Neopalatial and Post-palatial.Using our custom trip planner, Agios Nikolaos attractions like Gournia Minoiki Poli can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Jammer genoeg was deze locatie een beetje teleurstellend, er was amper informatie te vinden over waar we nu precies naar keken...geen gidsen, geen folder..niets! Wel een prachtig uitzicht! Tip: langs ... read more »Unfortunately, this location was a little disappointing, there was hardly any information on where exactly to we looked ... no guides, no folder.. nothing! Have a beautiful view! Tip: is a stop along the way and there you have a fine view of Gourniashow original
Rispetto a Malia le rovine possono sembrare meno importanti. Ma l'ubicazione collinare offre panorami bellissimi sul mare e sui monti, e qui si ha il senso dell'urbanistica minoica che, nella parte es... read more »Compared to Malia ruins can seem less important. But the hilltop location offers beautiful views of the sea and the mountains, and here you have the sense of Minoan town planning, in the East today covered by the prefectures of Lasithi and partly Heraklion, has left the most impressive developments. Gournia was important from a commercial point of view and military but declined with the arrival of the dorians and then the Romans. A very interesting visitshow original
I did not visit Gournia this year. I would love to go back again as I found wandering around the old streets - just wide enough for a donkey quite fascinating. I hope the site will continue to be sens... read more »
Large settlement with wonderful view.
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