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CASARMA (CASA DI ARMA)

The town’s main attraction is the Venetian fortress of Casarma, offering panoramic views of the bay of Sitia. The fortifications date to the late Byzantine period. However, pirate raids, repeated local peasant revolts against Venetian occupation and earthquakes led to their partial destruction. Notice the Ottoman additions to the Venetian fortified battlements. Casarma has since been carefully restored and is open to the public, hosting cultural events during summer months.

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

The Archaeological Museum houses a well-displayed, important collection of local finds spanning the period from Neolithic to Roman times (3,500 – 50 BC), with emphasis on the Minoan civilization. Among the museum’s most important exhibits are clay Linear A tablets and an artfully crafted figurine made out of gold and ivory.

MONASTERIES AND CHURCHES

Toplou monastery, dating from the 15th century, has been exemplarily restored to impress thanks to its size, the important exhibits housed in its museum and the lush vegetation surrounding the grounds. Worth a visit are the nearby chapel of Agioi Pantes (7 km S), hidden in a deep valley, the 15th century Faneromeni monastery (8.5 km W), the churches of Agios Ioannis Theologos in a cave near Piskokefalo and the church of Agios Nikolaos in the village of Rousa Ekklisia, with its fresh water spring gushing from the foundation.

CASARMA (CASA DI ARMA)

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The town’s main attraction is the Venetian fortress of Casarma, offering panoramic views of the bay of Sitia. The fortifications date to the late Byzantine period. However, pirate raids, repeated local peasant revolts against Venetian occupation and earthquakes led to their partial destruction. Notice the Ottoman additions to the Venetian fortified battlements. Casarma has since been carefully restored and is open to the public, hosting cultural events during summer months.


THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

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The Archaeological Museum houses a well-displayed, important collection of local finds spanning the period from Neolithic to Roman times (3,500 – 50 BC), with emphasis on the Minoan civilization. Among the museum’s most important exhibits are clay Linear A tablets and an artfully crafted figurine made out of gold and ivory.
In Sitia’s Folkl Art Museum are exhibited exquisite samples of handmade embroidery and a collection of local weaving of a unique style, as well as wood carvings, local costumes, household items, pictures and other ware of village life.
Visit the numerous important archaeological sites, scattered around the region of Sitia, such as the amazingly preserved Minoan palace of Zakros (41km from Sitia), the Minoan settlement of Mochlos, and the sites of Paleocastro, Gournia, Mohlos, Myrtos, Milatos, Agia Fotia and Lato. Near Nea Praisos, visit the famed Hellenistic city of Praisos.

Info
Archaeological Museum: National Road Sitia-Piskokefalou, T:+30 2843023917
Folk Art Museum:+30 2843022861

MONASTERIES AND CHURCHES

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Toplou monastery, dating from the 15th century, has been exemplarily restored to impress thanks to its size, the important exhibits housed in its museum and the lush vegetation surrounding the grounds. Worth a visit are the nearby chapel of Agioi Pantes (7 km S), hidden in a deep valley, the 15th century Faneromeni monastery (8.5 km W), the churches of Agios Ioannis Theologos in a cave near Piskokefalo and the church of Agios Nikolaos in the village of Rousa Ekklisia, with its fresh water spring gushing from the foundation.