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Ancient doric city-state Lato

Lato is 3 Km away from the village of Kritsa and is one of the most important Doric city-states in Crete. Today this area is named Kotarantos.

It is built on a plain between two hills, at a site protected by possible attacks. Archaeological excavations have brought to light shops, houses and many small objects. The view to the Mirabello bay and the Lasithian mountains from this spot, is enchanting.

The city was built before the end of 7 century B.C. and still preserves its main entrance. You can admire: Agora (where many figurines of the 6th century B.C. were found), Prytaneion, a monumental complex, reminiscent of an ancient theatre which was probably used for public discussions or for watching spectacles and the Temple, on a terrace supported by a retaining wall, are preserved the ruins of the city's large temple. Finally, the ancient city-state of Lato was abandoned at the second century.
 
In 1894-96, A. Evans conducted a small-scale investigation. Systematic excavation started in 1899-1901 by the French School of Archaeology, with J. Demargne, was resumed in 1968 by P. Ducrey, O. Picard, and B. Chatzimichali, and lasted until the 1970s.

Tip!! You will have to pay a small ticket in order to admire the ruins!!!

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