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The Archaeological Site of Thronos, Rethymnon

 
 

The ancient city of Sybritos is located at Thronos in the Amari valley.  Excavation at lower levels of the site has revealed that the area was probably first settled during the Late Minoan period.  Archaeologists have uncovered numerous hewn tombs that are typical of this period.

At some later stage the settlement was moved uphill to Kefala Hill.  The transfer of location gave the inhabitants a complete view of the Amari valley and allowed the city to control the road linking North and South Crete.  The city reached the height of its prominence during the Roman times when it minted its own currency.  The coins, some of which are on display in the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon, depict the figures of Gods such as Dionyssus, Zeus and Hermes.

Key findings that have been uncovered from the site include a sanctuary - probably dedicated to Dionysus, a temple and a cemetery.  In the village of Thronos itself, in the Church of Our Lady, a mosaic floor dating to Roman times remains partially preserved.