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The Kourtaliotiko Gorge , also known as the Asomatos Gorge , is a gorge on the southern side of the western part of the island of Crete. It is situated where the Kourtaliotiko River flows southwards between the mountains of Kouroupa and Xiron.


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There is a small church (Agios Kiriaki)
in the gorge and a 40-metre-high waterfall.

The cliffs on the side of the gorge provide a roosting site for the Lammergeier vulture.

There is a specific point on the gorge, about 20 metres from the northern entrance, some "claps" can be heard, like hands coming together. These "claps" are the "kourtala", that give the name ο Κουρταλιώτης ( o Kourtaliotis , "the rattle" and "the noisy") to the gorge. These are a consequence of the wind being funnelled through the high caves of the gorge and breaking the sound barrier. The point near the northern entrance is the main point where this sound can be heard.

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  • Copyright: Janusz Wala (Ilonka1974) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 0 N: 1380] (9619)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2020-09-26
  • Exposure: f/0.8, 1/130 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-02-13 9:32
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