Ruins of the ancient city of Phaistos on the Greek island of Crete
Phaistos (or Phaestos) is an ancient city on the island of Crete. Phaistos was located in the south-central portion of the island, about 5 km. from the Libyan Sea. It was inhabited from about 4000 BC.
There are many mythological references of Phaistos in ancient Greek literature. Phaistos is first referenced by Homer and the Homeric epics indicate its participation in the Trojan war.
Around the end of the 3rd century BC, Phaestos was destroyed and since then ceased to exist in the history of Crete.