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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The Guverneto Monastery is situated at the northeast end of Akrotiri, on a location full of lentisks, thyme, wild olive trees and carob trees.  It is one of the oldest monasteries of Akrotiri.

  • location Akrotiri (northest end), Chania, Chania
  • type Monastery
  • time period 2nd Byzantine Period, Venetian Period

The name of the Convent is connected to its citadel-type architecture and its location, making it seem like its hanging from the hillside.

  • location Neapolis, Mirampelo, Lasithi
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period

Profitis Ilias Monastery is located on rocky, elevated terrain near the village Roustika. The monastery was built during the era of Venetian rule and belongs to the citadel style of architecture...

  • location Roustika, Rethymno, Rethimno, Rethimno
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period

The Convent of Chrysopigi, just outside Chania, is dedicated to Mother Mary, the Life-Giving Font (Panagia Zoodochos Pigi). The convent is built like a fortress and it was founded as a monastery by Ioannis Chartophylakas, at the end of the 16th century

  • location Agia Kiriaki (Chania), Chania, Chania
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period

Agios Georgios Monastery, located in Selinari gorge, was built during the 2nd Byzantine era. The catholicon is dedicated to Saint George

  • location Vrachasi, Mirampelo, Lasithi
  • type Monastery
  • time period 2nd Byzantine Period

An old men's monastery, located 12km east of Rethymno, in the Pangalochori community, possibly founded during the 2nd Byzantine period (961-1204). It was founded by a monk named Arsenios, after whom it was named.

  • location Pagkalochori, Rethimno, Rethimno
  • type Monastery
  • time period 2nd Byzantine Period, Venetian Period
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