Welcome to Gortyn!

Gortyn, Gortys or Gortyna is a municipality and an archaeological site on the Mediterranean island of Crete, 45 km away from the modern capital Heraklion. The seat of the municipality is the village Agioi Deka.Gortyn, the Roman capital of Creta et Cyrenaica, was first inhabited around 3200 BC.

It is located in the valley of Messara in the south of the Psiloritis mountain, in the current position of the settlements of Metropolis and Agioi Deka, and near the Libyan Sea.

The municipality Gortyna was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 4 former municipalities, that became municipal units:

  • Agia Varvara
  • Gortyna
  • Kofinas
  • Rouvas
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