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Agia Roumeli

This village is situated about 60 kilometres south of Hania. It is a small, sun washed resort with very few residents, built next to a beautiful beach with crystal clear waters. Its modern name comes from the church of Agia Roumeli, which is built on the older, roman temple of Agia Roumilia or Roumina. At the site of the contemporary village it is believed that was the ancient city Taras, the ruins of which have been dated to the 5th century B.C. As proven by the excavations, the city of Taras was of great economic importance for the area, cutting its own coins, and as it is proven by the temple of Tarsios Apollo or Artemis, which was located at the exit of the gorge, this was also an important religious centre during antiquity. Today, the site of the ancient temple, you will spot the church of Panagia (the Holy Mother), exhibiting worthwhile mosaics of the 15th century. During the summer a lot of visitors come here.

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