Saint Anthony monastery at


Saint Anthony monastery at Syrmeso
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Outside the village Syrmeso, near Neapolis, there are two monasteries dating back in the 16th century, which are no longer inhabited, and only their main churches survive. The first one is the male monastery of Saint Anthony (Agios Antonios)and the second is the nunnery of Saint Barbara (Agia Varvara).

The church of Saint Anthony is a single- vaulted temple with a simple semicircular arch. Around the church and in all directions you will see the abandoned monastic complex.


  • 1590: Emmanuel Koudoumnis and George Karistinos grant their land to the monk Nicodemus Kalochrysos so as to build two monasteries.
  • 1590-1591: Nicodemus builds the first convent of Santa Barbara.
  • 1591-95: Nicodemus builds the male monastery of St. Anthony.
  • 1608: Saint Anthony becomes a property of the nearby Areti Monastery.
  • 1617: Saint Anthony is converted into a nunnery.
  • 1635: Santa Barbara is referred to as a property of monk Malachios Kalochrysos.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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