The sacred terebinth of

St Fanourios

The sacred terebinth of Saint Fanourios
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On the hill Grivila near the village Ahlade there is built the church of Saint Fanourios. Approximately 100 meters from the church there is a special tree, which is connected with a religious tradition dating back from the ancient tree-worship traditions in Crete. The tree position is called Evresi (Finding) as they say that the miraculous icon of St. Fanourios was found here.

At Evresi we see a fenced area with the "sacred tree", a terebinth (Pistacia terebinthus). There is also a hollow rock and an icon shrine of St Fanourios. According to tradition, believers pass through the hole in the rock and then leave clothes and personal items on the tree to eliminate diseases and evil.

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