Agiofarango is a short gorge south of Matala and west of Kaloi Limenes town in Crete. The name comes from Agio (meaning Holy) and Farangi ( meaning Gorge). Agiofarago Gorge in Matala was so named because many hermits used to live here in previous centuries. During the Turkish occupation period Ayiofarango was a remote place ideally suited to people who wanted to worship God undisturbed. It is said that 300 hermits used to live here under strict rules (strict diet and lack of social life). The legend says that, but for one occasion each year when they met together in a big cave (the "abbot's cave"), these hermits lived alone and isolated from one another. This annual meeting was their only opportunity to socialize and find out who had died the previous year.

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