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Argyroypoli (ancient Lappa) - ancient cemetery & church of holy five Virgins

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Distance
0.9 mi
Elevation gain
0 ft
Technical difficulty
Easy
Elevation loss
289 ft
Max elevation
911 ft
TrailRank 
53
Min elevation
589 ft
Trail type
One Way
Moving time
24 minutes
Time
31 minutes
Coordinates
250
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August 26, 2023
Recorded
August 2023
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911 ft
589 ft
0.9 mi

near Argyroúpoli, Crete (Greece)

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Itinerary description

Ancient Lappa was built near the current town of Argyroupolis, located 27km south of Rethymno. The area is now famous for its springs with waterfalls, its old mills and the lush green landscape that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Lappa, later Lappi or Lambi, is one of the towns said to have been founded by Agamemnon in Crete. In Lapa fled the citizens of Lyttos after the massacre of Lyttos by Knossos. In 193 BC Lappa became ally with Teos and in 183BC with Pergamon.

The city flourished till 68AD, when the Roman general Quintus Caecilius Metellus destroyed it. It recovered as a Roman town with special privileges at the end of Roman Era. It s glory is mirrored in the magnificent monuments that have been found and the coins minted. In the area, Roman baths and basilicas with mosaics have been identified, inscriptions and statues of Zeus, Aphrodite and Dionysus. It also seems that the Cave of Agia Dynami played an important role, with the very important spring that gushes through the rock.

Moreover, next to the village there is the temple of the Five Virgins (Thekla, Marianna, Ethane, Martha and Mary), who are believed to have died there. Next to it lies the Roman necropolis with carved tombs, in a green area with a water spring and a plane tree that has been designated a natural monument

Πηγή: ⭐ Travel Guide for Island Crete ⛵, Greece❗ - Ancient Lappa cretanbeaches.com
https://www.cretanbeaches.com/en/history-of-crete/archaeological-sites-in-crete/classical-and-greco-roman-era/ancient-lappa-argyroupoli-pente-parthenes

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