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December 18, 2023

Crete in 1977 Through Fascinating Photos

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, and Corsica. Crete rests about 160 km (99 mi) south of the Greek mainland, and about 100 km (62 mi) southwest of Anatolia. Crete has an area of 8,450 km2 (3,260 sq mi) and a coastline of 1,046 km (650 mi). It bounds the southern border of the Aegean Sea, with the Sea of Crete (or North Cretan Sea) to the north and the Libyan Sea (or South Cretan Sea) to the south. Crete covers 260 km from west to east but is narrow from north to south, spanning three longitudes but only half a latitude.

Crete and a number of islands and islets that surround it constitute the Region of Crete, which is the southernmost of the 13 top-level administrative units of Greece, and the fifth most populous of Greece's regions. Its capital and largest city is Heraklion, on the north shore of the island. The Dodecanese are located to the northeast of Crete, while the Cyclades are situated to the north, separated by the Sea of Crete. The Peloponnese is to the region’s northwest.

The island is mostly mountainous, and its character is defined by a high mountain range crossing from west to east. It includes Crete’s highest point, Mount Ida, and the range of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) with 30 summits above 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) in altitude and the Samaria Gorge, a World Biosphere Reserve. Crete forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece, while retaining its own local cultural traits (such as its own poetry and music). The Nikos Kazantzakis airport at Heraklion and the Daskalogiannis airport at Chania serve international travelers. The Minoan palace at Knossos is also located in Heraklion.

These fascinating photos were taken by Johannes Preuß that show street scenes of Crete in 1977.

Kafenio in Lasithi Plateau, Crete, Greece, 1977

Bakery in the market hall, Chania, Crete, Greece, 1977

Chania, Crete, Greece, 1977

Fisherman mending his net, Sitia, Crete, Greece, 1977

Lasithi Plateau, Crete, Greece, 1977

Meet at the electrical store, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, 1977

Narrow alley in Pyrgou, Crete, Greece, 1977

Sorting the rich catch, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece, 1977

Tailor's workshop, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece, 1977

Village of Ano Viannos, Crete, Greece, 1977

Waiting for the bus, Chania, Crete, Greece, 1977


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