The Asi Gonia, the smaller the municipality DE Apokoronos, located southeast of the municipality APOKORONOY, north of the municipality of Sfakia, bordering the prefecture of Rethymno. It is 56.5 miles from Chania and 35km. from Rethymnon. Kapetanochori perched on a small hill in the White Mountains, the Asi Gonia control the mountain passes to the East, which explains why pioneered the struggles against Ottoman rule, and the resistance against the Germans during the Second World War. Because of its geographical, physical ochyrotikis and inaccessible position at 585 m elevation on the eastern side of Mount thorns, was strongly associated with the history of the struggles of the people of Crete Venetian era, where a center revolutions.
The residents participated in all competitions holding the gun literally always at hand, hence the name Asi is aravotourkikis origin (Turkish “Asi”) meaning “maverick”, “draft dodger” and by extension “brave” “roisterer”, ie “Corner of the lads.”
In Asi Gonia was also the seat of the High Commission Match of Crete against the German army occupying the 2nd World War. One of the pioneers who started the resistance against the Nazis was Andreas Papadakis, born and bred on Asi Gonia
Very close to the village is called “Chainospilios” (ie robbers cave) where it resorted to the persecuted members of the Revolutionary Assembly of 1866. In June 1867 despite Asi Gonia concluded homonymous fierce battle between Cretan revolutionaries and the Ottoman army.
Seat of the provisional government of Crete during the revolution of 1897, the Asi Gonia has transformed in recent years into a center of Cretan tradition.
The Asi Gonia is connected with the blessing of the herds St George’s Day, a unique custom in Crete.
The shepherds of the region consider their patron St. George and April 23, flocking with their flocks in the church of St. George Galata.
The church is located very close to the village square and is particularly the sight of sheep and goats to have surrounded the busts Venizelos and Giparis waiting for their turn to go down to the chapel.
The animals, adorned with the most melodic “LERIOU” corralled outside the church and milked one to one.
Then the flock is blessed by the priest.
The milk is distributed to residents in plastic bottles on the ground, while a quantity of cooked and offered to the world in glasses with nut Cretan village girls dressed in traditional costumes.
This custom is very old and nobody can say exactly when it starts. Features residents Asi Gonia say that since then, there is the village.
It is known as the birthplace of George Psychoundakis, author of ‘Cretan Runner’. Historically Asi Gonia referred to as settlement controlled by the Roman city of Lappa, today Argiroupolis. Official reports of the village of Asi Gonia are from the Venetian period, while the settlement was originally located east of the current. During the Ottoman Empire the Asi Gonia not been pressed by the Turks because of the inaccessibility of the area and access to it only through the easily controlled Asigoniotiko canyon.