Village Argiroupoli near Rethymno, Crete

 Village Argiroupoli near Rethymno, Crete

Argiroupoli is located 25 km southwest of Rethymno, at an altitude of 260 m, between Mousselas and Petres rivers. The waters of those two rivers form the 10 Founts of Mousselas River or Agia Dinami (Holy Power). The area owes its exotic character to these waters. Many small waterfalls, wild flora, age-old plane trees, ponds and many streams which once moved watermills (today only one has survived) and one of Crete’s most impressive natural monuments, a huge 2000 years old plane tree, all created by Agia Dinami.

In this unique natural environment you will find many taverns and coffee shops to enjoy your food or your coffee. You can also visit the little church of Saint Ioannis which is literally built inside a cave from which water gushes all year long. Another historical Church is that of Pente Parthenes which is devoted to five holy women, who lived and martyred during the pogroms of Emperor Dekios at around 250 A.D. according to the local tradition. The area is mainly characterized by Venetian architecture, while there are several traditional Cretan houses built during the Turkish Domination. Argiroupoli is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Lappa which has special archaeological interest. The cemetery of Ancient Lappa is preserved in a very good condition. It is located northwest of Argiroupoli, in the area of Pente Parthenes (Five Virgins). 

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