History of Crete, Crete Island

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    History of Crete

    by grayfo Written May 12, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Crete was the centre of Europe's most ancient civilisation, the Minoan. Though early Cretan history is surrounded by legends (such as those of King Minos; Theseus and the Minotaur; and Daedalus and Icarus) that have been passed to us via Greek historians/poets (such as Homer), it is known that the first human settlement in Crete, dating to the aceramic Neolithic, introduced cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and dogs, as well as domesticated cereals and legumes.

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    Museums

    by AndyRG Updated May 30, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The best of them are in -or around- Irakleio. This statue is called "snake goddess", it comes from the palace of Knossos and it is housed at the Archaeological Museum of this city (it has 20 rooms).
    There are also many other different museums - for example, one about El Greco in Fodele or another about... homo sapiens in Nomos Lasithiou.

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    Kostis Giamboudakis!

    by lua2 Written Jul 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Born in Adele village in the prefecture of Rethymno, Kostis Giamboudakis was the "hero" who ignited a fire in the gunpowder storage room of the Arkadi Monastery in November 1866 when the revolution against the Turks.

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    by Lochlainn Written Sep 11, 2002

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    Fondest memory: How's this for history in perspective? A precast concrete house built on a medieval wall constructed from collapsed Roman and Ionic pillars and resting on a Minoan foundation! Couldn't resist taking this snap when walking round Chania in 1985!

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  • Naval museum in Chania!

    by gmadmax Updated Mar 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: In the old port, near the light house there is a naval museum, that is very interesting for anybody to visit!

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  • Eleftherios Venizelos statue

    by gmadmax Updated Mar 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Eleftherios Venizelos was a politician, prime mimister of Greece, during the world war 1 and later.He was borned in Crete and they give his name to new international airport in Athens.

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