Oxo Latsidi Cave
Located in Patelia, 1 km north west of the village of Sitanos, 25 km from Sitia. Its height is 610m above the see level. It occurs in Jurassic Limestone. Further north there are Pre-tertiary Filites, and north west and north east there are small masses of Dolmadic rock from the Tertiary period. Only 50m of the cave had been explored by the locals.
Then, P. Faure explored the whole cave on the 26th of July, 1967. Some days later, it was mapped and studied by El. Platakis and Io. Tsiftetakis. The entire length is 360 m. After the entrance there are two chambers, one 34m x 16m, and to the right of it another, 32m deep.
From the left-hand chamber a long narrow gallery extends 330m into the hillside; it is between 2 to 8m wide but only 0,50 to 1,50m high. The streams of water give the impression that it was probably once the bed of an underground river. It is rather lacking in naturally decorative features. Sitanos is located 5 km southern from Karidi.
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Places near Oxo Latsidi Cave
ΔΗΜΟΤΙΚΟ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟ ΣΙΤΑΝΟΥ ΣΗΤΕΙΑΣ
A small plateau and its village between Handras (or Ziros) plateau to west and Karidi village to north, at 620 m above sea level, 18 kms from Sitia, whose name probably has some connection with ancient Itanos.
One of the largest caves in Crete, Oxo Latsidi, can be found to the northwest of the village at Patelia. In south-west of the village a Minoan farmhouse was found. At the location Vrissi, on the edge of the village, a wonderful fountain of Ottoman architecture was restored recently.
The whole plateau (with Ziros Plateau) is planted with vineyards and the region is famous for its wine and raki production.
Church of Timios Prodromos (St. John the Baptist) (Sitanos)
This is a Byzantine church belonging to the architectural style of free cross with dome—one of only a few of its kind in eastern Crete. Its surviving murals are few but showcase excellent craftsmanship and date back to the 14th century