Caves in Crete



Goumenospilios Cave
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Goumenospilios is a very small cave located in Agiofarago Gorge, about 80km south of Heraklion. Its entrance is very small, but the inner is very spacious, with a lighting hole on the roof. The cave has no decor, but is nonetheless legendary.

The place of Agiofarago has always been used for asceticism. According to the legend, 300 are hermits were living here, who did never communicate with each other, except for the day of Resurrection. On that day, they gather all together in the cave and sat on the 300 stones that were around. Afterwards, they counted how many stones were not occupied, so as to estimate how many of them had died during the last year.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: With archaeological importance
  • Accessibility: Walking

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