Saint Sofia Cave

The cave of Saint Sofia is located in the western walls of the Topolio Gorge, 47 km from the city of Chania. It consists of two rooms on different levels. The cave has an almost circular ship with a diameter of 50 meters. The height alters and in some spots it reaches 20 meters. The entrance of the cave has a width of 25 meters and to the left is the small (6 x 3 meters) church of Saint Sofia. The cave is worth visiting for its historical and archeological value.

The cave of Saint John the Hermit

The cave of Saint John the Hermit is located in the municipality of Kolimbari, near the area of Marathokefala and a few hundred meters from the Bear Cave. As the Bear Cave, it also was once a riverbed with a total length of 135 meters forming a horizontal shaped corridor. It is richly decorated with stalactites and stalagmites. There are icons and candles at the entrance and at the end of the cave. There is also a chiseled underground mortar coated basin for water collection. To the right of the corridor, 15 meters from the entrance, there is a small chamber with a man-made entrance. Inside this chamber human bones were found, probably belonging to inhabitants of the cave. At the end of the cave (136 m) there is a large stone basin which according to legend is the tomb of Saint John the Hermit. History tells us that Saint John the Hermit lived his ascetic life in this area, naked and traversing the rocks like a goat. A hunter accidentally shot him, taking him for an animal. Before St. John succumbed to his injuries, he asked that the hunter take him to the cave to die.

Sfakia Asfendou Cave

The Sfakia Cave is located near the village of Asfentou. It is of great interest as hidden in the cave are incised caved paintings from ancient times. The cave was formed in a small valley, in the northeast part of the Asfentou Gorge which is 400 meters Asfendou Township. It basically consists of one room which in the past was much larger. Intense precipitation and the collapse of its ceiling, gave a rock shelter morphology to the cave. On the floor, near to the entrance, on a stalagmite-plate, there are rock carvings depicting a variety of themes. It are difficult to ascertain the age. Based on the themes and the methods used for the engraving, some researchers place them in prehistoric periods.

Tzani Cave

The Tzani Cave is located in the Omalos Plateau. It is quite long (2.500m) and is 280m deep. It makes for an interesting tour.

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