Lato was an ancient city of Crete, the ruins of which are located approximately 3 km from the small town of Kritsa. The Dorian city-state was built in a defensible position overlooking Mirabello Bay between two peaks, both of which became acropolises to the city. Although the city probably predates the arrival of the Dorians, the ruins date mainly from the Dorian period (5th and 4th centuries BCE). The city was destroyed c. 200 BCE, but its port, located near Agios Nikolaos, was in use during Roman rule. This has led to the confusion, repeated by Stephanus of Byzantium quoting Xenion, a Cretan historian, that Kamara and Lato were one and the same. Modern scholarship distinguishes the two.

Lato also minted coins in antiquity, bearing the likeness of the goddess Eileithyia who appears to have been the one particularly worshipped at Lato. Nearchus, admiral of Alexander the Great, was born at Lato.

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Founded: 400-300 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greece

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Spyros Michalo (6 years ago)
Great place to be. Strategic built ancient acropol in rich land around. Shame for greek lanquage goverments because they dont care to boost these places in uper level for a visitor
Dr. Ian Smith (6 years ago)
Dorian city-state, so therefore not as old as the Minoan ruins elsewhere on Crete. But the views are just fabulous - looking down to the coast and Agios Nikolaos on one side, the olive groves on another, and the mountains to the south. You must take a look.
Gianluca Cantoro (6 years ago)
Wonderful site in a wonderful environment. Visitors should take guide-book to get prepared and understand because panels are too few unfortunately.
Maggie Behindtheriver (6 years ago)
Great archeological site, worth a visit! Only 2 euro (normal ticket) and free for students :)
Rafał Błaczkowski (6 years ago)
Very very nice place! I recommend to visit this, especially due to marvelous views, mountains and so pretty, clean and real ancient town.
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