Sites & cities that bear the name of Gortyn


Today in : Greece
First trace of activity : 1,050 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : Γορτύν, Gortys, Gortyna, Γόρτυν, Γόρτυς, Γόρτυνα, Larissa, Λάρισσα, Cremnia, Kremnia, Κρήμνια, Gortyne, Agioi Deka

Description : Gortyn, Gortys or Gortyna (Greek: Γόρτυν, Γόρτυς, or Γόρτυνα, pronounced [ˈɣortina]) is a municipality and an archaeological site on the Mediterranean island of Crete, 45 km away from the modern capital Heraklion. The seat of the municipality is the village Agioi Deka. Gortyn, the Roman capital of Creta et Cyrenaica, was first inhabited around 3200 BC. It is located in the valley of Messara in the south of the Psiloritis mountain, in the current position of the settlements of Metropolis and Agioi Deka, and near the Libyan Sea.

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