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Orino by Sitia




This is one of the most westerly vίllages of the Sitia District towards the border shared with the District of lerapetra. It is about 11 km inland from the main Sitia - lerapetra road, and is reached by a side-road that branches off at the church of Ayios Panteleimonos a little beyond Koutsouras. The village is up in the mountains at 640 m altitude and the name itself means «mountainous». It is a picturesque village with a magnificent view and rich vegetation. It is surrounded by a pine-tree forest and at the south of the village is the big Butterfly gorge. The local people contract the name to Orno, and it was listed thus in the 1583 Venetian census with 217 inhabitants.

Evans in his «Diary» mentioned the existence of ancient remains at both Lenika and Skafi. There is a location belonging to the village called Solomos, so perhaps a branch of the Solomos family lived here at one time; there are also the remains of an old tower which bore their name.

In the Early-Christian church of the Transfiguration (Metamorphoseos tou Sotiros), these used to be an inscription on the lintel - «Α General of Byzantium came here». The church of Ayios Dimitrios, which also has frescoes, belongs to the 12th century AD.

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

"Kafenion" at the central road (February 2005)
From Makrigialos to Orino



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