Agioi Deka

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Agioi Deka
Άγιοι Δέκα
Location
Agioi Deka is located in Greece
Agioi Deka
Agioi Deka
Coordinates 35°3′N 24°57′E / 35.050°N 24.950°E / 35.050; 24.950Coordinates: 35°3′N 24°57′E / 35.050°N 24.950°E / 35.050; 24.950
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: Crete
Regional unit: Heraklion
Municipality: Gortyna
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Village
 - Population: 861
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Postal code: 70012
Telephone: 28920
Auto: HK, HP

Agioi Deka (Greek: Άγιοι Δέκα, "Holy Ten") is a village in the Heraklion regional unit, Greece, with 861 inhabitants (2011 census). It is located in the 44th km of the Heraklion-Tympaki national road and it is the centre of the municipality of Gortyna (Δήμος Γόρτυνας).

The village is built on the feet of a green hill with view to the plain of Messara, at altitude of 170 meters, over the remains of ancient Gortys. It is supposed that the cemetery of Gortys was located in this area, and many of the old houses are built using recycled material from the ruins of Gortys. There is a local archaeological museum containing finds from the area. Other archaeological remains include the Praetorium located between Agioi Deka and Gortys, the tombs of Agioi Deka and the old church in the centre of the old village.

Name[edit]

The name of the village means Ten Saints, referring to the ten Martyrs of Crete (Agathopus, Basilides, Gelasius, Evaristus, Eunician, Euporus, Zoticus, Theodulus, Saturninus, and either Cleomenes[2] or Mobius[3] or Pompeius[4]) who martyred there in 250 AD during the religious persecutions of the Roman emperor Decius. At the site of their martyrdom stands a 12th-century church.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detailed census results 2011" (xls 2,7 MB). National Statistical Service of Greece.  (Greek)
  2. ^ Catholic Online. "Martyrs of Crete." Accessed 24 Aug 2011.
  3. ^ Klitou, Christopher. The Orthodox Pages. "The Ten Martyrs of Crete." Accessed 24 Aug 2011.
  4. ^ Crete: The Island in the Wine Dark Sea. "[1] Agioi Deka, the Ten Saints of Crete." Accessed 24 Aug 2011.