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Ano Asites
Category: Town-Village
Prefecture: Heraclion
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Ano Asites

Ano Asites is a beautiful small village, 22 klm south of Heraklion, Crete.There are 2 gorges, one cave, a shelter (Prinos mountain shelter) for the climbers up to the mountain (1000m), a work shop for handmade bells (for sheep and goats), a folklore museum, a lot of churches and a lot of bee keepers, shepherds and farmers. Near by the village there is the archeological site of Rizinia. And a lot more to explore!.



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Agios Antonios 2741 hits
In the municipal district of Ano Asites, Gorgolainis Municipality, 26km far from Heraklion City, there is the E4 European Mountaineering Path passing right through Agios Antonios gorge, leading to a very beautiful location with dense forest plantation called Prinos on an altitude of 1100 meters. The gorges of Agios Antonios and Agios Charalambos are ideal for naturist walks and excursions. Agios Antonios gorge is located east of Ano Asites village.

In its mouth there is a homonymous church devoted to St. Anthony. There are eighty different flora samples according studies of the European Union, four of which are threatened by extinction. There are also twenty-four different animal species eleven of which are protected.
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Gorgolaini mon. 2725 hits
.“Agios Georgios Gorgoeleimon” monastery is built on 480 meters altitude near Kato Asites settlement 30 kilometers from Heraklion city in Central Crete.

It’s the most well-preserved monastery in the area having suffered the times of the Turkish occupation and the Revolution. 

The Monastery is dated since the years of the Venetian occupation in the 14th century. Its temple is devoted to St. George (Agios Georgios) and its building was complete in 1627.

During the times of the Turkish occupation it was a base of operations of the several revolutionary movements. It was also a fine resort with huge oaks covering its yard. Two of the yards trees (a plane tree and a cypress) have been announced as “protected natural monuments”. The monastery community insists on not using electricity preserving a unique atmosphere of the past during the ceremonies. The woodcut screen of the temple is a fine example of the 19th century ecclesiastical woodcarving. During the sixties this monastery was used as a children’s camp by the archbishopric foundation of Crete.

In the yard of the monastery, the visitor can see the bust of Fragias Mastrachas, a brave chieftain that was killed in a battle against the Turks in 1868 when he was 75 years old. There was also a marble lion from the years of the Venetian occupation, decorating the monastery’s fountain but it was stolen in 1990. 
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Kato Asites 2593 hits

Kato Asites of Gorgolaini Municipality is on the eastern slopes of Psiloritis Mountain on 450 meters altitude and 23 kilometers outside Heraklion, Crete. The locations Notiko and Prinos as well as Kastella near Gorgolaini monastery are of great interest as they were bases of the Greek Revolution and are some of the oldest monasteries of Crete. In this monastery you can find the tomb of Fragios Mastrachas, comrade-in arms of Kapetan Korakas who was killed in a battle in 1868. There are also three trees that have been declared preservable: a plane tree and a cypress in Gorgolaini monastery and an oak in the location where Mastrachas was killed.

The village has 9 churches, with church Agia Pariskevi being the most famous one. The story behind the church is legendary to the village. While being under Turkish occupation between 15th and 19 century, a Turk tried to sabotage a Cretan wedding. He went to the wedding and tried to shoot the bride. Unfortunately for him, the bullet ricocheted off the church wall and into his stomach, killing him.