Milatos Cave

Very close to Milatos is a cave with the little church, that was the site of one of the most tragic events of the Cretan Revolution of 1821. About 2000 civilians, mainly women and children and old people, ad taken refuge here, and in February 1823, they were besieged by the Egyptian army, headed by Hassan pasha, a relative of Mehmet Ali of Egypt. The Sfakian leader Roussos Vourdoubas tried in vain to save them, but in mid-February they were forced to surrender. Most were massacred on the spot and the rest sold as slaves.

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