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Built on the west foot of Mt. Juktas, the small settlement of Vathypetro affords some of the best views in the Municipality of Heraklion: over the Mesara plain, the Kofinas Peak Sancturay in the Asterousia Mountain Range and the sloping of Heraklion plain to the north of the island. Surrounding the settlement, fertile plains, orchard hills, olive groves and vineyards, offer some of the most distinguished products on Crete. This authentic rural landscape has not changed much since ancient times, as evident from significant archaeological findings on the Pera Livada site.

A significant Minoan mansion has been excavated here, with palatial architectural characteristics. They have also found a grape stomping vat, an olive press and a clay workshop with a ceramic kiln

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