Monasteries of Crete

Here there lives on an ancient monastic tradition that blossomed at the end of the Venetian period, producing such achievements as the Cretan School of Iconography. Most monasteries were centres for nurturing freedom during the long and difficult period of Ottoman rule – becoming the guardians of Orthodoxy and Byzantine culture.

Many have shrines with exquisite frescoes – an expression of the development of Byzantine painting on Crete.

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Koudoumas Monastery, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is located on a beautiful coastal area south of Kofina peak

  • location Kofinas, Archanes, Irakleio
  • type Monastery
  • time period Ottoman Period

This is one of the largest and richest monasteries on Crete. It flourished during the era of Ottoman rule and is dedicated to Saint George.

  • location Metaksochori, Archanes, Irakleio
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period, Ottoman Period
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