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The Villa of the Lillies

Situated at "Palaeochora", at Amnissos, some 9 kilometres eastern to Heraklion, this Minoan villa has been named after the the famous frescoes with blossomed lillies which decorated the walls of the building. 

It had been built during the Middle Minoan IIIA period, that is to say in the 17th century b.C., and, according to the excavator,  collapsed in 1500 b.C. by an earthquake.

 It is a typical two-storey  Minoan villa, made of limestone, with a big hall with "polythyra" (pier-and-door partition), a luxurious bathroom, a sanctuary, staircases and roofed and stone paved spaces.

The villa was discovered during the excavations conducted in 1932 by the eminent Greek archaeologist  Prof. Spyridon Marinatos. The monument suffered damages by the German army  during the German domination of the island.
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