Etiá, a small settlement located just 2 kilometers away from the village of Papagianades on the way to the village of Armeni, is a village with a rich history dating back to the Venetian occupation. According to a Venetian census, the village had a population of 564 at its peak. The presence of the St. John and St. Aikaterini churches suggests that the village existed during the Byzantine period as well. The village was once the private property of the De Mezzo family, a Venetian family who built the Seragio Serai House, a three-storeyed house that hosted Turkish officers during the Turkish occupation. Today, the house is considered one of the most important examples of Venetian architecture in Crete.
In addition to the Seragio Serai House, the church of St. Aikaterini is another significant landmark in Etiá. It was occupied by the Turks as a mosque until the Cretan revolution in 1897. The village also has a hill called Etiani Kefala, which used to be a sacred place but has unfortunately been looted in recent times. Despite this, Etiá remains a charming and historically significant village that is worth a visit for anyone interested in the rich cultural heritage of Crete.
Etiá is a small settlement located 2 kilometers away from the village of Papagianades, driving towards the village of Armeni.
According to a Venetian census, the population of Etiá was recorded as 564.
Etiá was at the peak of its power during the Venetian occupation.
The St. John and St. Aikaterini churches are present in Etiá.
It is assumed that Etiá existed during the Byzantine period as well, based on the presence of the St. John and St. Aikaterini churches.
Etiá used to be private property of the De Mezzo family, a Venetian family.
The Seragio Serai House is a three-storeyed house built by the De Mezzo family, which used to host Turkish officers during the Turkish occupation. It is considered to be one of the most important samples of Venetian architecture in Crete.
The church of St. Aikaterini was occupied by the Turks as a mosque during the Turkish occupation until the Cretan revolution in 1897.
The hill of Etiani Kefala is located at the south of the village of Etiá at an altitude of 715 meters. It used to be a sacred place, but unfortunately, it has been looted nowadays.
The average temperature in Etia village ranges from 15°C to 30°C, depending on the season.
Etia village is located in the region of Rethymno, on the island of Crete, Greece.
The nearest airport to Etia village is Chania International Airport (CHQ), which is approximately 70 km away.
Etia village is located near several popular attractions, including the Arkadi Monastery, the Melidoni Cave, and the Rethymno Old Town. Visitors can also enjoy hiking in the nearby mountains or relaxing on the nearby beaches.
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