Kato Asites

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Kato Asites
Kάτω Ασίτες
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Kato Asites is located in Greece
Kato Asites
Kato Asites
Coordinates: 35°12′N 25°0′E / 35.200°N 25.000°E / 35.200; 25.000Coordinates: 35°12′N 25°0′E / 35.200°N 25.000°E / 35.200; 25.000
Country Greece
Administrative region Crete
Regional unit Heraklion
Municipality Heraklion
Municipal unit Gorgolainis
 • Population 1,083 (2011)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Kato Asites (Greek: Kάτω Ασίτες) is a medium-sized village in the heart of the Heraklion regional unit, Crete. It is part of the Gorgolainis municipal unit. It has a population of around 1,100 inhabitants. It is situated 24 km southwest of 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 nine churches, with Agia Pariskevi being the most famous one. The story behind the church is legendary in the village. While being under Turkish domination between 15th and 19th centuries, 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.