Saint George near Pefki


Saint George Samakidis monastery
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In a lush green ravine formed between Analipsis and Pefki we meet the former monastery of Saint George Samakidis. The church celebrates on November 3rd and is built in a cave.

According to tradition, in 1471 Joseph Samakidis, who lived in the monastery of Panagia Kera by village Pilalimata left his monastery due to a pirate raid. He moved to the west when suddenly his horse stopped still at the point where there were ruins of a small former hermitage and a spring. Joseph perceived this as a divine sign and decided to build a monastery there. Indeed many of the cutters (stones) are believed to have originally belonged to the monastery of Panagia Kera.

The church proclaimed Joseph Samakidis a Saint and commemorates his death on January 22 and August 29.

The feast of the monastery acquired a great reputation and, thus, many cells were built, which are now used by the pilgrims. Today the spring water is collected in a tank.

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Additional Info

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

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