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Sivritos (Ancient) - Thronos village

Town description

Sivritos, an ancient autonomous city in Crete, was located in present-day Thronos village. The city was built on a hill with a view of the Amari valley and was named after the words “si” and “vriti” in ancient eastern languages, meaning “sweet water.” The city was well fortified and had its own silver coins depicting the Gods Dionysos, Hermes, and Zeus. It was believed to have been at its peak during the Roman period and had an ancient port called Soulia, now known as Agia Galini. Sivritos was also an episcopal seat during the First Byzantine period but was eventually destroyed by Saracene pirates. The ruins of the city can still be found on the hill of Throniani Kefala. The village of Thronos, built on the ruins of Sivritos, took its name from its episcopal seat and houses a beautiful 11th-century Byzantine chapel dedicated to the Assumption of the Holy Mother, adorned with stunning frescoes and mosaics that are still preserved in excellent condition. Although no archaeological excavations have been done yet, the city’s ruins and artifacts, including its silver coins, are of great historical value.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is Sivritos?

Sivritos is an ancient settlement located in the Thronos village in Crete, Greece.

What can visitors expect to see in Sivritos?

Visitors can expect to see the ruins of an ancient settlement, including a temple, a theater, and a cemetery.

How old is Sivritos?

Sivritos is believed to date back to the Minoan period, which was around 3000-1100 BCE.

Is Sivritos open to the public?

Yes, Sivritos is open to the public and visitors can explore the ruins.

Is there an admission fee to visit Sivritos?

There is no admission fee to visit Sivritos.

Is there a guided tour available for Sivritos?

There may be guided tours available for Sivritos, but it is recommended to check with local tour operators or the site itself for more information.

What is the Thronos village?

Thronos village is a small village located in the Rethymno region of Crete, Greece.

Are there other attractions to see in Thronos village?

Thronos village is known for its traditional architecture and scenic views, and there may be other attractions to see in the area. It is recommended to check with local tourism offices or tour operators for more information.

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