View of Messara Plain from the hill of Phaestus in Crete

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The Messara Plain (Greek: Μεσσαρά) is a very fertile plain in southern Crete, stretching about 50 km west-to-east and 7 km north-to-south, making it the largest plain in Crete.
On a hill at its west end are the ruins of Phaestus archaeological site, near the middle are the ruins of the ancient city of Gortys. Clays from Messara have been found to be the source of significant amounts of Minoan pottery.
Nowadays, olive trees, vineyards and horticultural crops are grown here. Part of the products grown here are placed on the domestic market, but also a substantial part of the produced olive oil here is exported to European markets. The Messara Plain is also home to the indigenous Messara horse.
Messara Plain, Island of Crete, Greece, Europe
Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 24 mm, 1/800 sec at f/ 10, ISO 200
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