Church of Saint John


Church of Saint John Pezetis
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A passable dirt road that starts from the cemetery of village Gournes and heads south, leads us to position Xevigli where there is a temple of the former monastery Saint John Pezetis, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist (feast day is August 29th). The temple belongs to vilalge Kenourgio Horio and is also accessible from there through a more rough dirt road, offering beautiful views of the Gorge of Agia Anastasia.

The small church interior bears frescoes in fair condition, dated in two phases. The first dates back to the late 12th century and the second to the 14th century. The monastery operated as a dependency of the monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Anopolis and we still see traces of the monk cells, the oven and a grave.

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Additional Info

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

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