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Lato, Crete

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
Lato was an ancient city of Crete, the ruins of which are located approximately 3 km from the small town of Kritsa.HistoryThe Dorian city-state was built in a defensible position overlooking Mirabello Bay between two peaks, both of which became acropolises to the city. Although the city probably predates the arrival of the Dorians, the ruins date mainly from the Dorian period (5th and 4th centuries BCE). The city was destroyed c. 200 BCE, but its port (Lato Etera or Lato pros Kamara), located near Agios Nikolaos was in use during Roman rule. This has led to the confusion, repeated by Stephanus of Byzantium quoting Xenion, a Cretan historian, that Kamara and Lato were one and the same. Modern scholarship distinguishes the two.There is some suggestion that the city was named after the goddess Leto (of which Lato is the usual Doric form) and may be mentioned in Linear B tablets as RA-TO. Lato also minted coins in antiquity, bearing the likeness of the goddess Eileithyia who appears to have been the one particularly worshipped at Lato.Nearchus, admiral of Alexander the Great, was born at Lato.
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  • This attraction is hardly known - is but at least as impressive as Pompeii. The ruins of the Doric city are almost as old and occupy a vast terrain. Also offers a beautiful view.
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  • After walking the Kritsa gorge (superb 2hr walk) we walked on to Lato not sure what to expect. Not at all developed in to a tourist spot (only 2 euro entry) rather you can walk all over the ruins and ...  read more »
  • Combined trip with Kritcej. lato worth a look, unlike Bloom, that mini mini copy of Rethymnon and Chania are only on the mountain about Lato-interesting to wander among the ruins, on the pavement, see former theatre and submit as here walked people of that epoch. Excellent sea views and Agios Nicolaus. Look down and think, how did people get here?! Admission is 2 €, works with 8-30 till 15-0000, except Monday and holidays
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