LOCAL ARCHITECTURE. SETTLEMENTS AND HOUSES
Remarkable feature of building on the island is the location of the three main cities-Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion-North Coast so that the chain of residential development to be interlocking. In addition to the major cities of the island has many villages and settlements (permanent and seasonal-glebes). The majority of villages and settlements are mountain or imioreinoi (up to 800 m altitude and even bigger for the dependencies).
The monastery of Paliani is one of the oldest if not the oldest monastery in Crete. The first centre of the monastic church built here belongs to the type of early Christian three-aisled, wooden roof, Royal, probably a type that dominated in the early Christian years (5th-6th century) in Crete.
From the time of the first appearance of human presence in Crete, items arise showing the continuous inhabitation of the Municipality of Heraklion region. The site of Knossos is the largest and most indicative place of habitation since the prehistoric times, in Crete.
As reported by the ΥΑ ΥΠΠΟ/ΔΙΛΑΠ/Γ/4146/1442/28-12-1998 - ΦΕΚ 35/Β/26-1-1999 "We historical preservable monuments that require special State protection,