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Katelionas by Handras-Ziros Plateau


Nothing remains for the visitor to see today, except piles of ruins, of this once flourishing village situated between Handras and Sitanos. In 1583 census for the Venetians is mentioned as Cattegliona of Sitia with 428 (!!) inhabitants; the population however, slowly diminished until in 1881 there were only 26 living there, and now it is completely deserted. Certain researchers believe that the ancient city of Dragmos must have been sited here. According to the inscription of the Arbitration of the Magnesians this was situated between Itanos and Pressos. Certainly,funerary inscriptions, larnakes and innumerable potsherdssupport the theory that there was some ancient settlement here.

Despite this it is thought by some that Katellionas was originally a pure Venetian village. In any case it must once have been fortified as we can see from the name which is derived from a Latin-based word meaning «fortified place». The Greek equivalent is Kastello, also from the Latin root.

From the book "Sitia", N.Papadakis, Arcaeologist,1983

There are just few things for the visitor to see in the settlement.
Nowadays only two or three houses still used
Imagine that many years ago the population of the village was 430 inhabitants.
Nowadays people still work in the surrounding vines and olive trees, but they live in the district of Handras.
Landscape near Katelionas
Winter in Katelionas
Looking at the village from the main road.
Winter view between Katellionas and Handras
Winter in Katelionas
Ideal weather for a cup of hot cretan mountain tea.
An orthodox church between Katellionas and Handras



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