Crete is the island of Minoan Civilization with Cnossos capital
Crete is the biggest Greek island with high mountains situated in the East Mediterranean Sea
The History of Crete goes back to the 7th millennium BC, preceding the ancient Minoan civilization by more than four millennia. The Minoan civilization was the first civilization in Europe and the first, in Europe, to build a palace.
After the Minoan civilization was devastated by the Thera eruption, Crete developed an Ancient Greece-influenced organization of city states, then successively became part of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Venetian Republic, the Ottoman Empire, autonomous state, and the modern state of Greece.
The main cities of the island:
HERAKLION, RETHYMNO, CHANIA, AGIOS NICOLAOS, IERAPETRA, KASTELLI, PALAIOCHORA, SOUDA.
Other islets around Crete island:
GAVDOS, GAVDOPOULA, DIAS, KOUFONISSI, SOUDA PAXIMADIA, GAIDOURONISSI, AG.THEODORI, GRAMVOUSSA, ELAFONISSOS, SPINALOGA.
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