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Ancient Aptera

Aptera, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #8 of 26 Attractions in Chania Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Crete, Greece
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51 reviews 51 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

This is a big site with most of the city lying unexcavated in nearby olive groves. The city was originally Greek and was later taken over by the Romans. There are impressive remains of massive Roman water cisterns. The biggest public buildings are the bath houses. As you climb the hill towards the site you pass the main gateway to... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Excellent site good information boards (in Greek and English) due to it's layout you get a good sense of what it was like when it was an active city. Good little poster display giveing archeological background. Shame the theatre wasn't accessable. The site is exposed and no refreshments available so if you are visiting in the height of summer take... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Came across this by accident, but worth the trip a huge ancient city (BC) and well preserved. Bit uneven underfoot in places

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The ruins here are absolutely wonderful, from the Roman cisterns to the marvellous amphitheatre. Give yourself a few hours to walk around the site as it is spread out a bit and take some water and a hat if going in the afternoon, there are not many places to find shade here. Take some time walking around the edges of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is one of the rare places, when you can see and feel how many different cultures meeting each other. On the bottom layer here lies an Ancient Greek city, which was conquered by Romans. There are two big roman cisterns, very well preserved, and you can almost get inside one of them. To the side of cistern you'll see... More

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Chania Town, Greece
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

all at Aptera, possibly even home to the Sirens. Fabulous fort and even more fabulous Roman town remains including magnificent water cisterns and a newly uncovered theatre.

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Oksboel, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Ancient Aptera is located east of Chania on a 230 meter hill with a great view over Souda Bay. Aptera was founded by mykenean immigrants about 1.400 years before Christ. Aptera isn't very well known, and is not overcrowded. Don't miss Aptera, if you have historic/archaeological interrest.

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København, Staden Kobenhavn, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

If you are interested in the classical age, like Pompei, then the ruins are just for you. An old roman town, well preserved. Work is still in progress to dig out more of the ruins. We wish they had done more for the tourists with guides and info screens. There is much more potential for telling the story in the... More

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Chaniá, Khania, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The scenery is fantastic, the energy of the place is luring you to explore it. A great sample of ancient ruins and a real wonder how this place was build up on that hill!

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Huge Roman and Venetian ruins. Sadly amphitheatre wasn't open as was being worked on. Stunning location.

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