Messara Plain or simply Messara (Greek: Μεσσαρά) is an
illuvial plain in southern Crete, stretching about 50 km
west-to-east and 7 km north-to-south, making it the largest plain
On a hill at its west end are the ruins of Phaestus, near the
middle are the ruins of the ancient city of Gortys.
Since 1500 BC the plain has extended by up to 6 km due to a
buildup of illuvial sediment. Clays from Messara have been found to be
the source of significant amounts of Minoan pottery; soil and rock
types from the fringes of Messara, particularly the foothills of the
Asterousia Mountains at the south and the foothills to the north
within the Psiloritis Mountains.
In the Messara, olive trees, vineyards and horticultural crops are
grown here. Part of the products grown here are placed on the domestic
market. Α substantial part of the produced olive oil is then exported
to European markets. The
Messara Plain is also home to the indigenous
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Messara.
^ "Phaistos". themodernantiquarian.com.
^ Joseph W. Shaw, A Lm Ia Ceramic Kiln in South-Central Crete:
Function and Pottery Production, 2001, ASCSA, 172 pages
^ Hendricks, Bonnie. International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds.
University of Oklahoma Press, 1996, p. 283. ISBN 0-8061-2753-8.
^ Jasper Nissen: Enzyklopädie der Pferderassen. Franckh-Kosmos
Verlags GmbH & Co, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-440-09723-4
Coordinates: 35°02′14″N 24°50′46″E / 35.03722°N
24.84611°E / 35.03722; 24.84611
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