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Cave chapel Agia Sofia at Topolia Kissamos
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Cave chapel Agia Sofia at Topolia Kissamos

On the passage from / to the beach of Elafonisi on the southwest corner of Crete, it is worth going up in the cave of Agia Sofia near Topolia. I was told I had to take 220 steps up to the cave, I guess they were ca. 150, but the breath has gone out to me in any case!


An arrow indicates the direction of a little tour, past the church of Agia Sofia at the rock wall, and also past some 5m long stalactites. The front of the cave is open, the view from here to the gorge of Topolia is fantastic.

The finds from the Neolithic period provided evidence for the use of the cave in ancient times, and of course it is also associated with many legends. The most famous is that of St. George, whose horse is said to have left a hoof print here.

Each year at Christmas time, on 24.12., the birth of Christ is celebrated in the Cave chapel of Agia Sofia.

Useful information

Opening times: in daylight
Admission: Free
On the stair climb, there are also 2 taverns / cafes

Continue reading about Elafonisi, exotic lagoon in southwestern Crete and Chrysoskalitissa – the monastery with the golden step

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