At a height of 140m. above sea-level, this village has 142 inhabitants and is 22.5 kms away from Heraklion. According to the villagers, the name comes from the church of Aghios Nikolaos Skotino at the entrance of a cave. It was built at the end of the Venetian period. Today an extra wing has been added, dedicated to Aghios Charalambos. This church of Aghios Nikolaos Skotino presumably functioned as a Hedge School (or Hidden School) under Turkish rule when education had been banned. When the locals said: We are going to Skotino (which also means darkness), they meant they were going to school.Turkish administration refers to this place as Skotino Perasma in 1671.Very close to the village (1.5 km) the cave of Aghia Paraskevi draws crowds of tourists and is well worth a visit.
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