The history of Kissamos is rich and the archaeological sightseeing is just as rich. The history is lost in the depths of centuries and intertwines with mythology and the history of Chania and the rest of Crete. Within the boundaries of the Municipality, there are tell-tale signs of Neolithic habitation, and 5.7 million years old prints of a human ascendant were discovered recently. Let’s discover together the archaeological sites of Kissamos.

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF KISSAMOS

The renowned Government House at Tzanakakis Square, inside the castle of Kastelli, is one of the prominent and most characteristic Venetian Era constructions in the town of Kissamos. Located in the old town part, once the Venetian centre, later taken over by Turkish occupants, who expanded the castle walls to include the Government House. Over the years and up until…

ANCIENT POLYRRHENIA

The ancient city-state of Polyrrhenia lies 6 km south of Kissamos and is amphitheatrically built on a 418 m high hill, featuring a T-shaped acropolis. It was populated since prehistoric times and played a significant role up until the Roman Era. Its name means "one that is rich in sheep" but, according to historic sources, its dwellers, apart from being herders, were actively involved in military training and were skilful warriors. Findings prove the city was fortified, had Cyclopean walls and featured an effective water supply and drainage system. The temple of Diktynna Artemis lied in the area that is nowadays called Chalkoklissa, over which the church of Holy Fathers was built in 1894 from the ruins of the former.…

ANCIENT FALASSARNA

In the peninsula of Gramvousa, 12 km west of Kissamos, lies the ancient city-state of Falasarna. Populated since mid-Minoan Era until the 1st century B.C., it took its name from Falasarne, the water nymph. The city featured a "closed harbour", namely an artificially fortified port, with walls, defence towers and docks, connecting, through a canal, to the sea approximately 100…