Monuments & Sights of Crete

Numerous monuments, big and small, can be seen scattered in urban, coastal and inland areas of Crete: Venetian fortresses and castles, Byzantine churches, Turkish mosques, monuments of vernacular architecture and other noteworthy buildings, as well as locations which have left their mark in the history of the island, or others that were marked themselves by the conquerors who ruled in the island, down the centuries. 

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Numerous small churches are to be found at various places in the area of Viannos, which are believed to have been used as small monasteries in earlier times. For instance, such a chapel existed at the location of the church of the Prophet Elijah (Profitis Ilias), north-east of Keratokambos, which was seemingly plundered and then destroyed by the Turks. 

  • location Viannos, Viannos, Heraklio
  • type Abandoned Monastery
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

It is believed that the monastery was founded circa 1880 by a monk called Artemios. History has it that Artemios initially chose the outlet of the Arvi gorge to build the monastery...

  • location Arvi, Viannos, Heraklio
  • type Abandoned Monastery
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

The so-called Agia Moni (= Holy Monastery), dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin (Kimisi tis Theotokou), is to be found south of the village of Ano Viannos, in a verdant landscape

  • location Ano Viannos, Viannos, Heraklio
  • type Abandoned Monastery
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

Deep in the valley of Faflagos, 200 metres above sea level, one can visit the monastery of Panagia (the Virgin) Keralimeniotissa, which is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin (Kimisi tis Theotokou). Entering the church nowadays, one only sees whitewashed walls. 

  • location Viannos, Viannos, Heraklio
  • type Abandoned Monastery
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

Two little islands (known as Lefkes in Antiquity) at the entrance of Souda bay control the movement of shipping to and from the large natural harbour. It was there, on one of these islands, that the Venetians chose to build a stronghold, for the protection of the bay from pirate and other hostile ships.

  • location Lefki island (Souda), Chania, Chania
  • type Castle
  • site condition/facilities Closed

The Venetian port of Chania, including the Venetian lighthouse, is one of the symbols of the city and a favourite walking area for locals and visitors alike. 

  • location Old Port, city of Chania, Chania, Chania
  • type Architecture, Lighthouse
  • site condition/facilities Open-Well preserved

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