Category: Unknown Crete

February on Crete–the Time of Blossoming Almond

What can rival the beauty of orange groves standing in the snow? It can be only the blossoming almond in February on Crete. These trees get blossom the very first, and although the winter is still going on, the most tender (and courageous!) song of these trees is about the nearing spring. By the way, […]

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Leprosy in Greece: how it was combated

This terrible disease, mentioned in the Bible, mainly affects the skin and then spreads through the body. Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about it, confusing, probably, with psoriasis. In the 18th century, this disease has practically disappeared in continental Europe, but in Norway and some areas of Scandinavia was still present, began to spread especially […]

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Piracy and Crete

The history of piracy begins almost simultaneously with the history of shipping and trade. Where exactly man began to systematically use sea means, we know – in the Mediterranean Sea long before 3000 BC, when the first surviving vessels were created. This confirms the emergence of a mature culture of unknown origin in Crete around […]

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Piracy and Crete

The history of piracy begins almost simultaneously with the history of shipping and trade. Where exactly man began to systematically use sea means, we know – in the Mediterranean Sea long before 3000 BC, when the first surviving vessels were created. This confirms the emergence of a mature culture of unknown origin in Crete around […]

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Quince – a Golden Apple or an Apple of Discord

Sometimes we are new to some fruits, such as quince. It’s undeservedly deprived of attention in the culinary world. However, this wonderful furry fruit contains many healthy substances. This is especially important in the autumn-winter period. Besides it, many different dishes can be made from quince! Previously, quince was considered one of the varieties of […]

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Visit the Mirabello Gulf

In the ancient times, on the shore of the Mirabello Gulf was one of the most important copper mining centers in the Late Minoan period around 3000 BC., and the developed civilization here was even at that time. Once upon a time, on the shores of the Mirabello Gulf, there was Olous, an independent city-state […]

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Secrets of Crete (symbols)

Perhaps the most famous symbol of Crete is the labyrinth, the image of its plan, minted on ancient coins. According to the witty guess of Arthur Evans, who discovered in Crete an ancient Minoan culture that supposedly belonged to the first Indo-Europeans of the Mediterranean region (the Aryans), the very word “labyrinth” is etymologically related […]

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Zeus with a hoe, or Revelation of a neophyte

…Agios Nikolaos, a fabulous Greek town, leaned against a mountain of white stone, with terraces running down to the Gulf of Mirabello. Your cherish wish will be the never-ending stroll through its cobbled streets, staircases winding along the slope like bougainvillea-lianas. Their gently pink flowers are reaching for the roofs, balconies, parapets and …for you—an […]

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The Olive tree of Vouves

The Olive tree of Vouves (Greek: Ελιά Βουβών) is an olive tree in the village of Ano Vouves in the municipal unit of Kolymvari in Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. Probably one of the oldest olive trees in the world, it still produces olives today. The exact age of the tree cannot be determined. The […]

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Animals native to Crete

Since the natural vegetation, in particular the forests of Crete, has not been preserved, the fauna of the island is poor in mammals, especially large ones, which were exterminated by man for several millennia. The continued isolation of Crete from Greek mainland has determined the uniqueness of its fauna. Once, during the Pliocene, on the […]

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