KATO ASSITES (Village) MALEVIZIO
Kato Asites is 24km southwest of Iraklion, on the Iraklion - Voutes - Agios Miron - Kato Asites road and it is an old village with a Byzantine church, Agios Antonios and a monastery nearby. The beautiful doorway of the church is hidden by another room that has been added on.
MONI GORGOLAINI (Monastery) HERAKLIO
The Gorgoliani Monastery near the village, has a Venetian fountain dated 1617. The fountain had a beautiful marble representation of a lion's head which was stolen in 1991. The monastery was probably built during the last years of the Venetian occupation of Crete; the Turks destroyed it three times and each time it was rebuilt. The monastery played an important role in the rebellions because of its position in the mountains. Revolutionary assemblies were frequently held in the monastery. The famous Captain Mastrachas was killed near the monastery in 1868 and is buried in the monastery. The church of the monastery is a double-aisle basilica dedicated to Agios Georgios and Agios Nikolaos. The name of the monastery probably comes from Gorgo-eleimon which means swiftly merciful.
This text is cited Feb 2003 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.
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