The village of Eleftherna is 24km southeast from Rethimnon on a road right at Viran Episkopi (14km) of the Rethimnon - Iraklion highway. Route: Rethimnon - Viran Episkopi - Skouloufia - Eleftherna. Eleftherna is one of the most important ancient locations in Crete and one of the largest sites, occupying a large area across two hills. Inhabited from Minoan times, it reached its peak and flourished during the Greek and Roman through to the Byzantine periods. Remains from all those eras can be seen in the area. Recently archaeologists discovered traces of human sacrifice dating from the late eighth century B.C. In the Archaeological Museum of Rethimnon there is a display of articles from the excavation.
This text is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains image.
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