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Lato Archaeological site

At 3km north from Kritsa, in Goulas locality is found the ruins of the Dorian city Lato, discovered by the French archaeologist J. Demargne in 1900A.D.

Lato probably pre-existed the arrival of Dorians (7th century B.C.), while it is considered that was founded by Zeus. One of the most important cities-states of Dorian Crete with the double acropolis and an enough extensive territory, extended almost in entire the western coast of Mirabello gulf, up to mount Lazaros" (2155m.), one of Dikti’s mounts.
Lato was separated in two cities: Lato and its harbour, Kamara (Aghios Nikolaos).
Lato included into its cyclopean walls, the market the theatre, the double acropolis, public buildings as deposits, as well as archaic temples and sanctuaries, by which the temple of Apollo is saved in relatively good status. Lato was one of richest cities of Crete. It constitutes today a powerful pole of attraction for visitor, reason of its imposing cyclopean walls but also of the facile way to arrive there by car.
There are some urban legends referred to the area, however the most known is that which reported to the hidden treasure of the city protected, into a cavern by a snake.
The archaeological site is the better maintained of Greece after Delos and the highest in altitude in Crete. Homeland of Alexander the Grate’s admiral called Nearchos (360 – 312B.C.). Discoveries from the region are found to archaeological museum of Aghios Nikolaos, Archaeological museum of Heraklion and to the International museum of Louvre in Paris.
  • The Agora,
  • The Theatre area.
  • The Prytaneion
  • The houses of the Prytaneion
  • The Sanctuary with the continuous holy flame