Neapolis is a beautiful city, 15km from Agios Nikolaos on the highway from Agios Nikolaos to Iraklion.
Neapolis is the former capital of the prefecture of Lassithi (currently Agios Nikolaos), still has the provincial courts and is the seat of local government. One of its most renowned citizens was Petros Filargos or Pope Alexander V. He was born an orphan and was brought up by the monks of the local monastery and was sent to study in Iraklion at the Venetian monastery of San Francesco (where the Archaeological Museum is located). After a successful academic career in several European cities he was declared Pope at the Synod of Pisa in 1409. He died in Bologna before reaching Rome and is buried in a splendid mausoleum in the church of San Francesco, Bologna.
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