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Polyrhinia Kissamou

The village of Polyrhinia lies 7 kilometres south of Kissamos, built at the foot of the hill, which used to be the ancient Polyrhinia. Most of the houses in the village incorporate building materials from bygone eras. The remains of the past have been incorporated everywhere. In ancient times the city was one of the most important and most powerful in western Crete. On top of the hill stood the acropolis, T-shaped and surrounded by cyclopean walls; the view reached from the Cretan to the Libyan Sea. One of the most interesting remnants of ancient Polyrhinia is the impressive Andrianos Aqueduct, consisting of two conductors in the rocks ending in two marble fountains.The olive mill was built with stones from the Adrianos Aqueduct. Two of its pillars were taken from ancient Polyrhinia, one from the palace and the other from the temple of Artemis.
In the village there is the temple of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. The temple is built inside a rock and contains some valuable icons.

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