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Viannos village, Heraklion Crete

A picturesque inland large village, amphitheatrically built on the sourthern foot of Dikti Mountain, Viannos is situated  at a distance of 65 kilometres far from Heraklion at the Southeast. The village keeps the features of the traditional Cretan village, with old houses, uphill narrow streets and stone fountains, with opennings here and there, shadowed by old plane trees. The village is the birthplace of the Greek author Ioannis Kondylakis.

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The history of the place goes back to the Minoan times, as it is evidenced by the Minoan ruins gound in the area. Later, it used to be an autonomous city state which edited coins and participated to the Alliance of the Cretan cities with Eumenes the Second, the king of Pergamos. In recent times, Viannos has suffered a cruel  bombing  by the Nazis on the 29th of May 1941, as a result to the strong resistance of the village to the invadors; during the whole period of German domination, all the villages of the area suffered extended damages, as they continue to resit to the invadors and caused serious problems and losses both material and in human souls. Today Viannos has 900 permanent residents.

There are a lot things worth seeing once in the area, both monuments and natural beauty. A very old christian tomb with an inscription is found at the central road of the village. Several byzantine churches are worth visiting when in the village, as that of Aghios Georghios (St. George) and Aghia Pelaghia with wall paintings dating back to the 15th and 14th century respectively; it is also worth seeing the churches of Aghia Marina and Archangelos Michael. You may also visit Aghia Moni ("holy monastery"), 4 kilometres far from the village at the South. And, don't miss to sea the impressive monument in memory of the people of the village who were executed by the Nazia on the 14th September 1943; it is found on the crossroad leading to the village Amiras.

Apart from the various monuments and other human works and constructions, the area is worth visiting for the wonderful natural environment. Don't miss to visit the Omalos plateau on Dikiti Mountain, where there was the mountain fastness of the famous Patouchas; it is also worth going to the Viannou - Amira gorge; the entrance is in short distance from Viannos.

A three-days long cultural activities, the "Kondylakia" are organised every year in the village in early August. The commemoration of the execution of the people by the Nazis in 1943 is celebrated with official ceremony on the 14th of September.

Some rooms to let are available for lodging and you will find excellent food and abundant drink, mainly "tsikoudia", in the traditional taverns and cafes of the village and the area around. If you feel like swimming and playing in the sea, the beautiful beach of Keratokambos is only 12 kilometres far from the village at the South. And in case of emergency, a Medical centre is available in the village.

Access from Heraklion is possible mainly by rented or private car and motorbike.

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