Saint Anthony monastery


Saint Anthony monastery, Pera Galini
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Close to the beach of Pera Galini there are the ruins of a former monastery, dedicated to Saint Anthony, from which only the chapel survives. This monastery was probably abandoned and deserted due to the constant pirate raids in the Venetian Era. The monastery is built next to a very interesting river with huge plane trees, which concludes at the beach, however water is contaminated due to the landfill.

According to folk tradition, once the three monks of Saint Anthony (Makarios, Kosmas and Jeremy) were attacked by pirates. Then they decided to move to another safer place, away from the sea, and decided to move to the chapel of Saint Panteleimon, Fodele area. Thus, this is how the current monastery of Agios Panteleimon was founded.

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Additional Info

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