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Roussa Ekklisia




Α most graphic village with a very healthy climate and plenty of water. It is about 9 km from Sitia and reached by a road that branches off the Sitia - Palekastro road beyond the rise at Tripitos. As it is not mentioned in the 1583 Venetian census it seemsthat the village must have been founded at some later date.

The etymology of the name is uncertain, though some belίeve it must surely come from the running water which flows from under the old village church of Ayios Nikoaos ( reousa: flowing, plus - ekklisia: church). Ι myself think it more probable that the reddish colour of the earth in the area ( rousso : red) combined with the existence of the church of the original settlement has given rise to the name. Near to the church «tou Timiou Stavrou» (of The True Cross), at a location known as Anixi, a shrine was discovered which yielded many finds of the Archaic period - such as clay plaques in low relief, lamps, and various other vessels. Other ancient finds came from Kato Lagokefalo - the site of a settlement of the Archaic period, and from Kastri where there are the remains of a fortified town with a tower.

In the village there is a fountain which, according to its inscription, was built in 1877 by Axelos, then Governor of the Province of Lassithi. In 1897 a conference of notables and members of the Revolutionary Council was held in the village to compose a petition to the Russian Vice-Consul at Heraklion. The theory that Roussa Ekklisia was built by the former inhabitants of Trapezunda after that town had been destroyed by Khair ed-Din Barbarossa, is unproved. The hamlets of Koutsoulopetres and Koskinas, and the cave of Yioupes, are also part of this community.


From the book "Sitia", N.Papadakis, Archaeologist, 1983

Winter picture at Roussa Ekklisia. We had the luck to see the ship on its way to Karpathos and Rhodes. For this old woman these marvelous pictures are ordinary. Amazed as we are, we stand still for much time admiring the seductive beauty of the landscape!
Well-known and attractive point of the people of the whole region of Sitia is the square of Roussa Ekklisia. There is a huge plain tree,
that covers almost the whole square. Enjoy your dinner or a cup of coffee under the thick shade of the platan, looking at the bay of Sitia.
The inhabitants of Roussa Ekklisia look at the illimitable blue of the sea
Different view of the square
The fount in the center of the square
Pictures that support the traditional character of the village
The main church of the village
Roussa Ekklisia is full of rich, green, well kept gardens
The main road of the village



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