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Mesa & Exo Muliana by Sitia

 

 
 

There are a number of possibilities for the etymology of the name. One suggestion is that it is derived from the verb "moulono": bend or stoop, indicating that the location is lowin comparison with the surrounding mountains. The second view is that it comes from the Venetian word "mulo" : a mule, or thirdly it could be a corruption of the word «maglinos», a dialect word meaning «tall and slender» which is used to describe the main icon of Agios Georgios (the patron saint of the village Exo Mouliana), which is the church of the village Exo Mouliana. Mesa Mouliana is a little further on than Εxo Mouliana, being 19 km from Sitia on the way to Agios Nikolaos. In the Venetian census of 1583 it is listed as Messa Mugliana with a population of 458. The hamlet of Kalavros is also part of this community.

This is an area of considerable archaeological interest from which there have been many finds. In 1903 Stephanos Xanthoudides excavated two tholos tombs of the Late Μinoan period at Sellades and subsequently tombs of the Protogeometric period. In the first were found both cremation and interment burials, which is characteristic of the priod. Among the finds were a gold mask, a false-neck amphora (stirrup jar), vessels of pottery and of bronze, a sword and a bronze buckle. A very important find was a Protogeometric bell-krateron one side of which is depicted a huntsman pursuing two "agrimia",wild goats, and on the other side is the earliest representation found in Crete of a man on horseback.

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

 
 
An old, small temple built among the traditional houses of the village
Narrow streets lead you
to the most unfrequented neighbourhoods of the settlement
The temple of Agios Georgios (St. George) is the most impressive building in Exo Mouliana
 
 
 
The temple of Agios Georgios (St. George) is the most impressive building in Exo Mouliana
A neighbourhood in the midst of the green hills of the area
View to the north from the highest place of the village. At the background you can see the Cretan Sea
 
 
 
View of the traditional buildings of the village
 
 
 
In summer a lot of people come to Kefalovrisi to enjoy the shade of the big platans. There is a restaurant, where you can have a stop for rest on you way to the east. On the main road to Sitia, there is a label, which leads here, after driving on a narrow road of 300 metres
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

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