Agiofarago Gorge in Matala, Crete
Heraklion Gorges - The Agiofarago Gorge in Matala, Crete is a holy site steeped in history. Named after the combination of 'Agio' (meaning holy) and 'Farangi' (meaning gorge), it was once home to many hermits seeking a life of undisturbed worship, particularly during the Turkish occupation period. In fact, it is said that 300 hermits once resided here, following strict dietary rules and living without social interaction. They lived alone and isolated, with only the annual meeting in the "abbet's cave" providing an opportunity for socializing. Today, Agiofarago Gorge in Matala remains a remote and sacred place, located just south of Matala and west of Kaloi Limenes town in Crete.
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