Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Agia Sofia - cave of God's Wisdom

Less than 50 km from Chania between Topolia and Koutsamatados is an interesting cave known as Agia Sofia and Wisdom of God. It is located on the main road connecting Elafonissi beach and Kissamos village. This road leads along the spectacular Gorge Topolia. This is one of those roads on Crete that are not forgotten. On one side of the road there is a high and steep rock, on the other hand a chasm leading to the bottom of a 300 meter gorge. In addition, a narrow tunnel was designated on this route, to which entry is only possible in a shuttle.

The road from Elafonisi to Kissamos

Coming from the Elafonissi beach, the Agia Sofia cave is just before this tunnel. It is located at a height of about 400 meters, so when we look at it from the bottom, we see only a not too big entrance opening. There is also a small belfry and a metallic star that reflects on sunny days.

Leave the car on the road at the Panorama Café tavern, where the path leading to the entrance to the cave begins. Climbing up a steep rocky slope is marked by stone stairs climbing up sharply. We visited this place in the spring afternoon, when the cave is in the shade. It definitely made our climb easier. Despite the fact that the cave did not give us a large impression at the bottom, we changed our mind during the approach. It is inhabited by dozens of pigeons, whose multiplication coincident by the echo, intensifies the growing anxiety during approach.

Agia Sofia - entrance


When we reached the top it turned out that the cave Agia Sofia is quite large and high. Its area is about 70 m in diameter, and the height reaches even 20 meters. Our surprise caused that in the cave on the left there is a small chapel of the same name. Although its decoration is modest and very typical of Orthodox sacral objects, its location has made us feel that extraordinary presence. After years of learning about Crete, we are not surprised by the fact that chapels and churches are located under rocks, in various hollows. However, in Agia Sofia there is something unusual, one could say that it is a cave of God.

The name of the cave and the chapel of Agia Sofia comes from the icon that is located here. Probably it comes from a temple formerly located in Constantinople. According to the legend, the Cretan seamen defended the city's shores against attacks by the Turks. When Sultan Mehmed II announced a truce, he allowed them to sail home. They could not take a gun with them, but in exchange they got permission to take something in return. A part of the Cretans from Kissamos, she took the icon with her and hid it in this cave. Later, a chapel was built here.

Agia Sofia - the interior of the cave


After seeing a sacral part of the church, we started exploring the cave itself. There are a lot of stalactites and stalagmites in its area, the size of which reaches even about 6 meters. This is where the pigeons are in operation, which are constantly making noise and flying. There is a lot of humidity in the cave, so the rocks cover moss in many places.

According to the sources, Agia Sofia was once a place of worship, and many artifacts from the Neolithic times were found in its area. They were mainly clay figurines and ceramic vessels.

On one of the larger stones is a strange shape reminiscent of a horse shoe. According to some sources, it is the imprint of the horse's hoof. George. This cave has not been fully researched, so there are suspicions that it extends into neighboring small caves and rooms. Some time ago, two skeletons without heads dating back several centuries were found in the cave. It is believed that these were the remains of the Psaromilingos brothers who were hiding in the cave during the Venetian occupation. They were to die in a fight during the rebellion led by Leon Kallergis, who did not agree to an amicable policy towards the occupant. The heads of the brothers delivered to the Venetians were to save the lives of other insurgents.

Today, two holidays are celebrated each year at Agia Sofia: on Tuesday after Easter and on December 24. Entrance to the cave is possible every daybetween 8-20. Admission is free so far.

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