Religious Monuments of Crete

Ierapetra

The province of Ierapetra has hosted a large number of monasteries that do not operate today, mainly in the mountainous regions of Dikti near the borders with the province of Viannos and in the mountain range of Thripti.

Monastery of Axion Esti in Ierapetra

The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni (i.e. Revealed Holy Mary) or Virgin Mary of Gournia is located northwest of Pachia Ammos, 24km south of Agios Nikolaos. It is a male monastery built on a steep slope at an altitude of 540 meters with stunning sea views. The monastery church is built inside a cave.

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Monastery of Ayiasmenos in Ierapetra

The monastery of Ayiasmenos (Hallowed, Sanctified) is located 2km north of Ierapetra, near the main road connecting the town with Pahia Ammos. The church of the monastery is dedicated to Agii Pantes (All Saints) and in the late 19th century it hosted the home of the Bishop of Ierapetra and Sitia.

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Monastery of Panagia Exakousti in Malles

The Monastery of Panagia Exakousti is located in the beautiful green location Malles, near Ierapetra. Today it serves as a female convent. The nuns operate a workshop with textiles, a tailor and needlework shop and other souvenirs.

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Faneromeni Monastery near Gournia

The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni (i.e. Revealed Holy Mary) or Virgin Mary of Gournia is located northwest of Pachia Ammos, 24km south of Agios Nikolaos. It is a male monastery built on a steep slope at an altitude of 540 meters with stunning sea views. The monastery church is built inside a cave.

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Panagia Paplinou Monastery

The monastery of Panagia Paplinou is located 10km east of Ierapetra, near Katharades area and in relatively close proximity to the sea (2km). The monastery is not inhabited today, but its church celebrates on August 15.

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Panagia Vryomeni Monastery in Meseleri

The monastery of Panagia Vryomeni is located 4km east of the village Meseleri, in a rough and rocky area. It is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, celebrating on September 8, but the monastery celebrates also on August 15.

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Timios Stavros Church at Kalamafka

Kalamafka is one of the most beautiful mountain villages of Ierapetra and Crete, generally. The village is famous for its rich waters that gush literally everywhere throughout its territory. It is also known for its unique limestone formations that have given it the name ''Meteora' of' Crete. One of these rock formations, probably the most famous of all, is Kastellos, located in the center of the village.

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The monastery of Panagia Armos in Malles

The monastery of Panagia Armos is located in Armos position, 5km southeast of Males village, very close to the nunnery of Exakousti. The area where the monastery was built is lush green and has panoramic views to the pine forest of Selakano.

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