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Pachia Ammos village


Year of Research
1550-1450 B.C

  • It lies on a small hill which is few hundred meters from the sea in the Gulf of Mirabello.It is close to the north end of the Ierapetra isthmus.
  • The ancient name of which is not known is the most characteristic of the excavated medium-size settlements which is dated to the period of the peak of the Minoan culture.
  • Because of the good state of preservation,it is called Pompeii of Minoan Crete.It occupies a low hill, near to the sea, at the Isthmus of Hierapetra.
  • In the Early Minoan III period 2300 BC,the first inhabitants settled here.Remains of the Middle Minoan period 2000-1600 B.C. are also protected;the palace was erected in c. 1600 B.C.but in 1450 B.C.,it was destroyed along with the surrounding town at the same time with all the other palatial centres of Crete.
  • After Fifty years the place was partly reoccupied and was finally abandoned in around 1200 B.C.