Monastery of Saint John at


Monastery of Saint John the Merciful at Pazinos
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The monastery of St. John the Merciful (Agios Ioannis Eleimon) is located very close to Chania airport, south of the village Pazinos or Gagalado. The monastery, which operated as a dependency of Gouverneto monastery was fortified and its walls are preserved in excellent condition.

The monastery is a rare sample in Greece of western monastic architecture, as the church is built outside the central courtyard, where the monk cells are located, and has separate entrance. For this reason it is believed that the Catholic monastery of St. George, which is mentioned at the census of 1637 by Kastrofilakas, was actually this monastery.

There is an excellent example of monastic olive press.


  • 16th century: the monastery of St. John the Merciful is founded at Pazinos.
  • 1637: The monastery of St. George in Pazinos is listed at the census of Kastrofilakas, probably meaning the monastery of St. John the Merciful.
  • 1832: The monastery is mentioned in a manuscript.
  • 1992: Restoration works start at the monastery.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Type: Monastery
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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