Margarites is a small village located in Rethymno Perfecture, known for – or rather famous for – its pottery, which constitutes a local tradition and widespread occupation since the Minoan times. Today, the settlement constitutes one of the most important centers of pottery and ceramic art in Crete. It counts 17 workshops – some of them also operate as exhibitions, giving visitors the chance to watch experienced and skillful artificers making all sorts of ceramic items and imitations of ancient Minoan potteries.
Apart from pottery, Margarites is the “home” of one of the most important monuments of Rethymno, the Late Minoan Vaulted Grave which is dated back to 1350 B.C. It is a really special building in terms of architecture; a long downhill corridor leads to a circle chamber of the central vault which is the main section of grave. In this grave, researchers have discovered the bones of four adults and two children. According to the findings, they belonged to individuals of upper society and religion hierarchy. If you find yourself in Margarites, make sure that you also visit the church of Saint Ioannis “Theologos”, the oldest church in the village. Buried in the church yard there are some heroes of Arkadi. The village has strong revitalizing energy and the most wonderful views. Treat yourself with some traditional drinks and food and just “surrender”.
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