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Agios Vassilios, South Rethymnon
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This large seaside village, counts 1041 inhabitants. It is a well organized tourist resort with comfortable hotels, apartments, camping sites, tourist agencies, car-renting offices, restaurants, tavernas and other recreation centres, as well as all the facilities required by tourists and locals alike. Aghia Galini is a new village, founded in 1884 by villagers from Melambes. The name, though not to be found in the censi, is very old, as is the name of the river Platis or Amarianos, and ancient maps mention the same river under the name of Elektra. In ancient times there used to be a settlement called Soulia or Soulina in exactly the same place, which was the port of ancient Syvritos. Artemis was the goddess adored here in that remote age, and the church of Galini Christos, visited by Buondelmonti in 1415, was built on the ruins of her temple. We therefore draw the conclusion that the present-day Aghia Galini owes its name to the monastery of Galini Christos. There are several caves along the coast, where the sea plays games with the rays of the sun, recalling similar grottoes in Capri …




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