Greece - Euro coins Official BU Set 2017, CRETE
Crete is the largest island of Greece. Its topography is
dominated by soaring mountains, namely the Lefka
Ori (“White Mountains”), the Psiloritis massif (Mt Ida),
Mt Dicte and others, alternating with fertile plains and
stunning gorges. The Cretan and Libyan Seas, respectively
to the North and South, have carved out sheltered
harbours, rock-strewn coastlines and sandy beaches.
Crete was the cradle of Minoan civilisation and, according
to mythology, the birthplace of Zeus. Strategically situated
at the juncture of three continents, the island came under
the rule of several conquerors (Romans, Arabs, Venetians
and, last, Ottomans), before finally uniting with Greece
in 1913. Crete’s tumultuous history has forged the
indomitable Cretan spirit, while centuries of fruitful
cultural exchanges have left their mark on countless
monuments, as well as on folk and scholarly traditions
that admirably fuse East and West. The proverbial Cretan
hospitality, exquisite local produce, mild climate, and
beauty and diversity of the natural landscape all make
Crete one of Greece’s top tourist destinations.
ANNUAL COIN SETS
Issue year: 2017
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