The area of Paracandia, as the Venetians called the area around Candia, current city of Heraklion, hosted some important monasteries and hermitages, some of which were built around the small range of Jiouktas.
The district of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) at Arhanes takes its name after the church of the Holy Trinity of the 14th century. The frescoes of the church have been restored.
The Venetian church of Virgin Mary (Panagia Kera or Faneromeni) is located near the entrance of the town of Archanes. The name Faneromeni (Revealed) is taken after a legend that writes as follows: Once a girl called Maria saw a light at the point where the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary was hidden. The girl then built the first temple.
The church of St George is a three aisled basilica with a raised middle aisle. Its foundation dates back from the 13th to 14th century and is the largest frescoed church of Archanes. During the last renovation (18th-19th century) the gradients of the roof were decreased and altered its form.