Panagia monastery by Latsida


Panagia Keragoniotissa monastery at Latsida
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The church of Panagia Keragoniotissa or Melissinou or Goniotissa is one of the most remarkable monuments of the region of Mirabello, built on a site with many oak trees. The church, dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary (Panagia), celebrating on August 15), dates back from the 14th century. The original church was single-aisled and was rebuilt at a later stage, retaining only the eastern wall (of the sanctuary) that preserves the 14th-century frescoes.

The frescoes include Panagia in the sphere of the sanctuary's niche, the Hospitality of Abraham and the Annunciation on the fronts, and the Dividing (Melismos) with the co-officiating  hierarchs being Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) and Saint Basil (Agios Vassilios) in the semi-cylinder of the niche and saints in the north wall (coming from the original temple).

The original church was the temple of a small monastery, as stated in the census of 1635 and graves were identified in the courtyard. During the reconstruction of the floor, a tombstone with an unknown coat of arms and an inscription with the name of the monk with the surname Magganaris was revealed.

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Additional Info

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

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