Panagia Kera Elousa Church


Kira Eleousa church at Spilia
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Spilia over Knossos in Heraklion are well known for the most impressive aqueduct of Crete. However the area more interesting historical sites and attractions. One of these monuments is the church of Panagia Kyra Eleousa. Kyra Eleousa is located amidst of a green and fertile slope. The temple courtyard hosts a well with spring water that never dries up. According to tradition Kyra Eleousa Spilia served as a small monastery till the Ottoman Era. It is true that in the last years of the Venetian era, the suburbs of Heraklion (Candia) on the so-called area of Parakandia housed about 40 active monasteries. The church was for many years without a roof and in disrepair. A few years ago its was restored and a small stone belfry was added

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Peak Period: Venetian Era (1204 AD - 1669 AD)
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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