Lassithi Architecture

Lassithi architecture
About the architecture of Lassithi, Greece

Lassithi is famous for its tourist development of some places, like Elounda, Sitia and Ierapetra, and the authentic character of other places. The surrounding regions of Lassithi have a strong traditional character and a unique natural beauty but also a plethora of monuments from the Byzantine times and the Venetian years. The architecture of Lassithi varies from tourist resorts to totally secluded villages in the mountains.

The tour begins from the historical town of Ierapetra, a place that bears witness to the strong Venetian influence through some important structures that still survive. Among them is Kales Fortress, the biggest part of which has been destroyed. There is also a mosque and some interesting churches close to the monuments.

Far from the capital is Sitia, another location that was under the Venetian rule and today embellishes the town with a beautiful Venetian fortress, the known Kazarma. Ruins of Minoan settlements, churches and Byzantine structures are some of the beautiful features added there. The entire area of Lassithi in eastern Crete is filled with old monasteries resting amidst the forested valleys.

Of high interest is the famous Spinalonga, an islet just opposite Elounda and Plaka. The Venetians managed to built an excellent fortification that still retains its architectural beauty. It was used in the 20th century as the place where the lepers found refugee and today it is one of the most famous destinations in Crete. Apart from the medieval remainings there, Lassithi has many surviving buildings and architectural marvels such as fountains and watermills. Among them is also the church of Panagia Kera built in the 14th century. In Lassithi the local architecture is still evident in many places and mostly villages, remaining untouched by the massive tourism.

Visitors will find many hotels that have been created in respect of the traditional architecture.

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One of my favourite coastlines, the spectacularly stony and stunning Plaka, pure paradise!
A dilapidated cafe, Plaka, Crete
In the early morning hours, when many of us are cursing - oops! - I mean, hitting -  the snooze button for a few more precious minutes of sleep, before facing tedious traffic on the ride to work, this fisherman in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, has just finished his shift, and quietly docks his boat next to the only other vessel on the shore, until his next traffic-free trip out to sea.
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Fishing boats, anchored and awaiting new passengers for the 5 minute boat ride to Spinalonga, Plaka, Crete
Freshly caught octopus, a Cretan specialty, is offered by most seaside taverns, like this one in the fishing village of Plaka.