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Mountain Village in Crete


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There are quite a few mountain villages in Greece called Anoghia - no wonder, the word means as much as "high place".

Our Anoghia located in the district of ▶ Rethymnon in ▶ Crete however has got some special qualities to show. The village with it's 2,500 inhabitants, stepwise built to the mountain, is not only the biggest, but with an altitude of 2,330 to 2,590 feet above sea level also one of the highest of the island.
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photo Anoghia carries the epithet "village of the widows" because of the retaliatory actions inflicted by the German Army during World War II.

The resistance of the locals against any occupators as on the rest of the island has a long and far to the past reaching tradition here.

During the Turkish occupation time the partisans of the Anoghian area were the most dangerous and determined.
 
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The people of Anoghia were allways highly respected for their musical tradition and all over Crete they have a reputation for their excellent dancers and folkloristic musicians. Some of the best families of musicians come from Anoghia (Xilouris, Skoulas).

For quite a time "Cretan Nights" are organized up here in original environment. As a center for sheep and goat breeding Anoghia is well known for it's beautiful woven goods.
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photo A treasure of the village is a tiny private ▶ museum that exhibits outstanding objects of the painter and sculptor Alkibiades Skoulas. In his old ages he began to paint the memories of his life.

In a naive and simple style his paintings tell stories of the end of the Turkish occupation time on Crete, peoples' daily life and of the dreadful events of World War II.
 
Text by Ingo H. Dietrich & Michael Dirksen
Photos by Hermann Einemann, Ingo H. Dietrich &