Archaeological site of Monastiraki
An important settlement of the Old Minoan period has been excavated in the village Monastiraki, in the center of which there is a large two-storey building complex with palatial characteristics. It was probably built around 2000 BC and was destroyed violently, like every old palace, during 1700 BC due to earthquake and / or fire. Excavations have revealed its stores, places of worship and rooms which probably constituted the archive of the palace, as a large number of clay seals was excavated. Samples of pottery that were found in the settlement of Monastiraki, resemble those of Phaistos, suggesting that these two centers had developed economic and commercial relations.