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Five Virgins Argiroupolis - JS#17 Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 07/05/2009
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Geocache Description:

Five Virgins chapel:

Argiroupolis, 6km south of Episkopi in Rethymnon province. The name meaning silver city. The village is built over the ancient city of Lappa, in origin an Dorian settlement, destroyed of the Romans in 67 BC, rebuilt in 27 BC with permission from Augustus who also gave the city a water reservoir, razed again of the Saracens in the ninth century, recovered during the Venetians to an important centre. In the upper village north of the plateia there are remains of Lappa and Roman mosaic as well as a fine portal with the words «Omnia Mundi Fumus et Umbra» (All Things in This World are Smoke and Shadow). Under the lower village there is an area of tavernas with springwater cascading down the terraced area down to the Asigonia road. Access from the Asigonia road – 1 km from the juntion north of Argiroupoli where also the Kato Poros road is forking out.

Ancient Lappas necropolis lies to the north of the town at a site known as the Five Virgins, after a nearby chapel. Here hundreds of tombs have been cut into the rock cliffs. The chapel takes its name from five young women put to death by the Romans in the third century for secretly practising Christianity in the tombs. The city commemorates their martyrdom on the first Tuesday after Easter when local shepherds bring their lambs to the shrine to be blessed and freshly milked sheeps milk is boiled on the site and drunk by those attending. There is also an gigantic old plane tree said to be about 2000 year old.

How to get there:

Rethymno on the New National Road to the west and turn off after about 14km at the Asigonia/Episkopi junction by the Petres beach and follow the signs to the south. It is also possible to take the Old National Road through the inland over Atsipopoulo to Episkopi southern end and take south to Argiroupoli

Recommended parking along the road north of Argiroupolis just after the junctions for Kato Poros and Asigonia. The old cobbled path down to from Lappa to the necropolis is crossing the road here, N35 17.471 E24 20.279 Also possible to park alongside the Kato Poros road at N35 17.495 E24 20.390 – just for small cars.

The cache:

The cache area is near the big, old plane tree. There is also a resting place by the plane and running water. The cache is a Curver box 7,5x10x15 cm wrapped in a plastic bag.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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