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“Disappointing”
Review of Gortyna

Gortyna
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

Went to many ruins sites in Crete, this was really the only let-down. WC/restroom facilities were abysmal, and the site is very small with not very much to see compared to other sites. Skip, go to Malia, Phaistos, Knossos instead.

Thank Kelly T
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Reviewed April 16, 2018

It might not be a dominant site like the Acropolis or reconstructed like the Palace of Knossos but the archaeological site at Gortyn is outstanding. The plain of Messara is located in the centre of Crete. That, in itself, is unremarkable. The plain of Messara is important as the site of Gortyn, where the Law Code of Gortyn was written and still exists. It is a curved wall of ancient text that embodies all the laws that controlled every aspect of law in Greece from marriage and property to trade and civil matters and everything in between that you can think of relating to legal matters. Stop and have a look again at the date. 6,500 BC. Stop and say it again. 6,500BC. If that doesn't impress you then you are difficult to please and satisfy. It makes Phaistos at 4,500 BC look like last weekend. Gortyn was the first place for law and open minded thinking. The significance of this moment in human achievement was imprinted onto my cerebral cortex. The Code of Gortyn is truly amazing and well preserved. 6,500 years indeed. Makes you feel really young in comparison, regardless of your age.

Thank AussieSK
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

This is the ancient Roman capital of Crete andvworth a visit. The site us pretty spread out so start by paying to see the fenced of ruins by the car park. It only takes about 30 minutes to wander around. The olive trees are amazingly old and beautiful. Next, take your time and wander around the dispersed ruins, you need a map of sorts to find stuff. Very quiet and peaceful. Temple of Apollo is the best and praetorium.

Thank sajt293
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Reviewed January 24, 2018

Archaeological site remembering cretan - minoian and also later roman influence culture. Can easily said that is going of two parts. First is well signed with parking, payed (a slightly overpriced entrance fee in compare of Cretan archeological museum) with one of the most known and highly appreciated monuments of Greece - Wall with first european law codex. Also church of S. Tito (under reconstruction - unapproachable), Odeon, Preatorium, several roman statues and very nice thousand years old olive trees - symbol of the mediterranean culture. Generaly for it´s entrance fee quite disappointing.
The second part is not signed and if you don´t know about it you don´t look for it. It´s non payed situated in olive tree grove on opposite site of the trunk road. About 500m deep to grove. There´s much more rests of the sites but in closed non opened area (still discovering). I discovered a hole in the fence and carefully passed the area. Generaly both together makes a huge archeological area demonstrating the importance of this site.

Thank TomasGozdal
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Reviewed October 29, 2017

This site is small compared to the must popular sites, but it does hold significant history, as it is one of a very few Roman sites on Crete. If you combine this visit with Festos Palace which is a spectacular site only 15 to 20 minutes drive from here it makes a great day out. The only down side is the site at Gortyna is its not very sign posted. We were not disappointed, yes the site is small but go with an open mind and enjoy what you see, its where laws were made and still have some significance to this date, the laws that were made here are still carved in stone behind the Odeon.

Thank treveames
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