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Polyrrinia, Kissamos, Chania,Crete

Polyrrinia

  
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Polyrrinia
Location:
On a hill close to the village Polyrrinia, 4km south of Kasteli of Kisamos of the Chania region in Crete
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Crete
Chania
Municipality > Town:
City of Kissamos
• Polyrrinia
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 365 m 
(Relative Height≈160 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
10th to 12th cent.(?)  
BYZANTINE
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Castle Type   Condition
Fortress-state  
In Ruins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pollyrinia is an ancient fortified city. Part of the walls from the Hellenistic and the Romans periods are still visible but most of the fortification is of medieval origin, probably from the second Byzantine period of Crete (10th to 12th century).

Although this was a big city for Middle Ages standards, with costly and meticulously designed fortifications, there are no reports at all about it from contemporary sources.


Sources

  • Nikos M.Gigourtakis , Monograph in the History Department of the University of Crete, “Byzantine fortifications in Crete in the 2nd Byzantine period (961-1204)”, Rethymno 2004

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