Zoodohos Pigi church at Tylissos


Zoodohos Pigi church at Tylissos
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Just outside and south of village Tylissos we meet the small cavernous temple of the Life Giving Spring (Zoodohos Pigi) at location Loutra. The name Loutra is met in various parts of Crete and means the place where there is water. Indeed, behind the picturesque chapel there is one spring that waters the area of Tylisos. Even the church owes its name to the spring, as churches dedicated to Zoodohos Pigi were always related to water springs.

The water gushing through a steep wall of soft limestone and is concentrated in a carved tank. The area around the church and the source is full of vineyards and olive groves while the slope above the temple is wooded. The small but very nice stone-built church is located in a small rock shelter. Inside there is a large number of icons devoted by the locals.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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