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Asigonia

  Asigonia, 35km from Rethimnon, is in the foothills of the Lefka Ori or White Mountains and controls the eastern passage to the mountains. Because of its location it was always a village that supported the rebels against the Turks.
Asigonia has become a centre for traditional Cretan folklore and culture. This may be due in part because it was the home of Georgios Psychoundakis, the author of The Cretan Runner, a book that recounts stories of the resistance movement during World War II and the local participation in it. On Agios Georgios' Day, 23 April, the local people bring their animals (mostly sheep and goats) from the mountains to be blessed by the priest. They are milked, the milk is boiled and then served to those in attendance. You can also reach the higher plateaus of Kalikratis and Asfedou from here by a rough road.

This text is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.


Because of its location Asi Gonia was always a village that supported the rebels against the Turks. It has now become a centre for traditional Cretan culture. This may be due in part because it was the home of Georgios Psychoundakis, the author of The Cretan Runner, a book that recounts stories of the resistance movement during World War II and the local participation in it.

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