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  • Emparos (Έμπαρος) Heraklion
  • Emparos is a village in the Municipality of Viannos in the Prefecture of Heraklion, Crete with 361 inhabitants in the 2001 census. It is located in the province of Pediados at an altitude of 430 meters at the southwestern foot of Mount Dikti. The main occupation of the inhabitants is agriculture and mainly the production of olive oil. Another important product of Emparos is dittany (Δίκταμος ) Origanum dictamnus. Its distance from Heraklion is 51 km.


    Emparos has 18 sacred temples in and around the village. The settlement includes, among others, a post office, a police station, a kindergarten, a primary school, a regional doctor's office and a central church of Agios Georgios, with frescoes in good condition, works by the painter Stamatis Fokas. There are also the churches of Agios Georgios, Michael Archangelos Falcianos, Agioi Anargyroi, the two-aisled Holy Cross and Agios Nikitas, the church of Panagia with 16th century crowns on the lintel, the Holy Trinity and the newest church of Agia Irini .

    Emparos primary school

    Emparos, primary school

    Historical data

    During the Venetian occupation it was the largest village of Pediados. In 1583 it is mentioned in Kastrofylakas with 939 inhabitants and with the name Embaro. In 1301 it is mentioned in a contract and in a document of 1307 we find the village of Lombari, which was a manor of Andreas Kornaros. Kornaros was forced to abandon it due to the war and was probably Embaros.

    At the beginning of the 17th century, Emparos was the manor of the poet of the "Fortunatos", Marcantonio Foscollo, and was given by him as a dowry to his daughter, Diana, in 1635.


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