Platanos

Platanos

Platanos of the Kainourio district and the Gortyna municipality is 51 kilometers from Heraclion, 100 meters from Mesara plain.

Two tombs have been excavated from 3500 B.C. in Platanos. Ivory seals and golden coins have been found in the tombs. The settlement is 5 kilometers from the ancient Gortyna.

The local community includes the settlements of Platanos and Tripita. 234 people live in Platanos and 10 in Tripita, according to the 2011 census. Their main occupation is agriculture and, particularly, the olive oil production.

HISTORY

The village is stated in the Turkish censuses of 1834, with 15 Christian families and that of 1881 with 162 Christians and 13 Muslims.

More than 4.000 people gathered in 1878, as the supplies from Greece did not reach the village and the commanders oppressed them collecting the Dekati tax and the half of the crop from the desolated Turkish properties. During the discussions, the commanders killed Georgios Maris and Georgios Papachatzakis.

A Proto-Minoan settlement was in the west, 500 meters from Monastiriakes Achlades and Goudies.

PLACE NAME

The village took its name by the perennial tree, platanos, i.e. the plane.

CHURCHES

The temple of Agios Georgios is in the settlement.

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