Friday, June 25, 2021

The Muslim Village in Crete Every Christian Feared and Avoided

Grantos was a small settlement south of Megali Vrysi in the prefecture of Heraklion on the island of Crete.

Its existence is associated with a lot of stories about its inhabitants who not only changed their faith during the Turkish occupation from Orthodox Christian to Muslim, but also became the most bloodthirsty and dangerous in the region.

The presence of the village is recorded during the Venetian occupation when in 1583 it had 34 inhabitants. During the Turkish occupation it was a purely Turkish village with 35 Muslim inhabitants.

This village had gained a bad reputation because of its inhabitants who are said to have been so cruel that any Christian who happened to pass by there was terrified, hence why the place was called Grantos, which indicates it was a place where bad things happened to you. The Muslims of the village put the Christians to the test and made them regret the time and the moment they found themselves in their way. Therefore, it is speculated that the village was named Grantos.