The Religious monuments of Crete


The province of Amari at the foothills of Psiloritis Range and Mount Kentros was a great monastic center, with many countryside monasteries throughout its territory.

Agios Antonios Cave at Patsos

Today the cave hosts the beautiful church of St. Anthony, the patron of children, which is below the roofs of the Gorge. The cave and the gorge can be visited, since the Directorate of Forestry has organized the area.


Kaloidena Monastery at Ano Meros

Above the village Ano Meros, on Kedros mount, there is the old uninhabited Monastery of Kaloidena with the restored Byzantine temple dedicated to Lord Christ. Today, apart from the church, almost nothing reminds the monastery.


Saint John monastery (Fotis)

The church of St. John the Divine is located at position Foti by Gerakari and was the temple of a small monastery. It bears frescoes of two phases: the 13th century and 14th-15th century.


Asomati Monastery in Amari

The monastery of Asomati is located 35km southeast of Rethymnon, amid a verdant valley of Amari formed between Kedros Mount and Ida Range. The church of the monastery is dedicated to the Archangels (= Asomati).


Saint Anthony monastery at Veni

In one of the greenest areas of Crete, Amari, at the hilltop of Veni hill you will meet the deserted monastery of Saint Anthony and the homonym cavernous temple celebrating on January 17.


Panagia Petraida monastery

The church of Panagia (Our Lady) Petraida or Petradia was the temple of a small monastery that operated here in the 16th century, possibly as a dependency of the monastery of Asomati. The only surviving element of the monastery is located above the entrance, which bears the date 1843 and the name of monk Joseph who was an abbot in 1860.


Saint Nicholas Church at Platania

The church of Agios Nikolaos in Platania, Amari province, is located west of the village, below the road leading to Vistagi. It is a small single-naved arch-roofed temple that bears frescoes dating back from the 14th century in moderate condition.


Church of St John and Holy Trinity at Pantanassa

At the cemetery of the village Pantanassa in province Amari, Rethymnon, we meet the impressive double aisled temple dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and the Holy Trinity. The temple was built in 1645 and its owner was Manolis Vlastos. The doors bear really interesting Gothic elements, while its interior preserves an arcosol (a type of tomb) dating back to 1594, probably belonging to a member of the Vlastos family.


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