Ancient Gortys is situated at the entrance to Messara, next to the highway linking Heraklion with Tymbaki, and near the Mitropolianos River (ancient Letaeus). Gortys is one of the biggest archaeological sites in Greece (covering 988 acres), though three villages (Agii Deka, Mitropoli and Abelouzos) that date back to Byzantine times and the period of Venetian rule are literally built on top of it. Despite of 120 years’ worth of excavations by the Italian Archaeological School, only a small part of Gortys has been brought to light.

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