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Kato Asites (Kάτω Ασίτες) is a medium-sized village in the heart of Heraklion, Crete. It is part of the Gorgolainis municipality. It has a population of around 3,000 inhabitants. It is situated 24 km from Heraklion City. The village enjoys very hot and dry summers, with mild rainy winters and occasionally snow.

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One kilometer north of Kato Asites is situated the Gorgolaini Monastery. The village has 9 churches, with church Agia Pariskevi being the most famous one. The story behind the church is legendary to the village. While being under Turkish domination between 15th and 19 century, a Turk tried to sabotage a Cretan wedding. He went to the wedding and tried to shoot the bride. Unfortunately for him, the bullet ricocheted off the church wall and into his stomach, killing him.

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