Event Type:Events

Cultural Area:Aptera Archaeological Site

Date:Fri, 24 Jul 2020 - Sun, 26 Jul 2020


Starts: 21:00


Free entry with reserved tickets*


Aptera: an ancient city brought to Light

For decades, the unique cultural treasure of ancient Aptera has been gradually brought to light through continuous scientific research and studies, with the preservation and restoration of its monuments, and the consequent exhibition of the findings to the public. At the same time, a series of archaeological and architectural studies - as well as efforts for promotion - are being prepared and implemented with the constant support of the Greek state, local government, and financing programs from the European Union. The cultural events and educational activities that take place, either at the archeological site or elsewhere, contribute further to the familiarization of the citizens and visitors of Chania -as well as the general public- with the value of ancient Aptera. Furthermore, they contribute to its connection with other emblematic ancient cities of Crete.

On July 24, 25 & 26, 2020, the excavated ancient city of Aptera comes to Light

The monuments of the archaeological site, such as the vaulted and the outdoor cisterns, the baths, the Roman house, and the ancient theatre will be illuminated with specially designed lighting. Visitors will tour the site on specific routes, which have been laid out in accordance with the purposes of highlighting Ancient Aptera and interconnecting the monuments. The objective of the event is to render prominence to both the illuminated monuments and their unique natural theatrical scenography.

Lighting design
Costas Bethanis

Route Design
Katerina Tzanakaki, Nikos Chatzidakis, Isidoros Plakotaris

Aptera Archaeological Site

July 24, 25 & 26, 2020

21.00 to 00.00 | Free entry with reserved entry tickets *

Ephorate of Antiquities of Chania | Region of Crete

With the support of
KEPPEDIH-CAM / Municipality of Chania

* Tickets are reserved online at www.ancientaptera.gr .Tickets will be available starting Monday, July 6, 2020 at 18:00 and their number is limited.
* The health safety protocols of the archeological site will be observed.