|Geographic coordinates||34 ° 56 ' N , 24 ° 55' E|
|LAU-1 code no.||91091005|
Lendas or Lentas ( Greek Λέντας ( m. Sg. )) Is a place on the south coast of the Greek island of Crete with around 80 inhabitants. The (folk) etymology derives the name from the ancient Greek word for lion ( λέων , leōn , Acc . Λέοντα , leonta → λέοντας leontas → Lentas), because the shape of this animal is recognizable in the headland in front of it.
Traces of settlement can be found in Lendas up to the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC. Chr. Lead back. The place experienced its heyday in the Greek and Roman epoch of antiquity , when the important port Leben or Lebena was located here . Maybe this port was dependent on Gortyn .
Since the 5th century BC Lendas was famous for its Asclepius sanctuary. Traces of this sanctuary can still be seen today. There was a spring there, but it has dried up today. The claim that it was an ancient healing spring is not true. The ancient Greeks did not yet know the idea of the medicinal water to be drunk, it will only arise at a later time. In such religious districts, water was used primarily for cultic purification.
In the 1980s, Lendas was a popular destination for backpackers who stayed as tolerated wild campers in the bay to the west of the town. Today the place Dytiko is being built at the same place .
Lendas can be reached every day except Saturday and Sunday with the intercity bus from Heraklion to Matala , whereby you have to change to the bus to Lendas in Agii Deka or Mires .
- Arn Strohmeyer : Lentas - a village on the Libyan Sea . Lilienthal 2004
- Arn Strohmeyer: The place of the healing God. The Asclepius Shrine in Lentas . Lilienthal 2012
- ↑ Results of the 2011 census at the National Statistical Service of Greece (ΕΛ.ΣΤΑΤ) ( Memento from June 27, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) (Excel document, 2.6 MB)
- ↑ Antje Krug: Healing Art and Healing Cult. Medicine in ancient times. Munich 1984