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Roustika

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Roustika is a local community of the Rethymno Municipality in the Rethymno (regional unit) of the region of Crete established by Kallikratis reform. Previously, it was part of municipality of Nikiforos Fokas. Capital of the new municipality is Rethymnon. It is traditional settlement and is classified in Class II, that is of average cultural value (Government Gazette 728/21-9-1995). In 2005 Roustika was awarded as a "'clean and organized traditional community"'Geography, origin of name, historyRoustika is located twenty kilometers southwest of Rethymno at an altitude of 290 m at the foot of the hill Ambelos. Roustika existed before the conquest of Crete by the Venetians. The name could originate from the Arabic word Roustak (which means: village) and it is believed that the Venetians adapted the name to their language as Roustika. Others believe it originates from the Latin word rustic (=rural). Population of RoustikaAttractions: Temples, important buildingsThe monastery of Prophet Elias with the Byzantine church of Prophet Elias, Agia Triada and Agia Zoni is a three-aisled basilica with a dome, has a bell tower with two bells and an inscription of 1637. Panaghia Church : This two-aisled church dedicated to the Holy Virgin and Christ the Saviour is situated at the location called Livadi of Roustika. The walls in the interior of the church are covered with frescoes dating back to 1381. The belfry shows the inscription of the year 1627.
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