Religious Monuments of Crete


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.

Agia Marina church at Messeleri

The Byzantine church of Agia Marina is preserved in the cemetery of village Meseleri in Ierapetra with exceptional wall paintings dating back to the Venetian era (14th century). Among the frescoes that stand out are the birth of Jesus and the Descent to Hades in the sanctuary (instead of the usual depiction of the Ascension of Jesus).


Christ Savior monastery in Psathi

On the main road that leads from Koutsounari to the village of Agios Ioannis in the province of Ierapetra we meet a sign to the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior in Psathi. From there, a bad dirt road leads us to the position Psathi where this small monastery, also known as Pelekkissia, was built


Panagia Church at Psychro

The church of Panagia in Psychro, province Ierapetra, is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (August 15th) and is recorded to the Venetian census of monasteries and temples of the 17th century. It belongs to the parish of the village of Agios Ioannis and there is a big feast taking place here annualy.


Church of Jesus Christ our Savior at Kato Mera (Ierapetra)

The double aisled temple of Jesus Christ our Savior (Afendis Christos) and Saint Charalambos is located in the district of Kato Mera, near the port of Ierapetra and very close to the fortress of Kales. It is the oldest temple in the city, which has taken its present form as a result of successive interventions.


Saint Stephen Church at Monastiraki

The small single-nave and arched church of Saint Stephen (Agios Stefanos) is located in the almost deserted village Monastiraki in the province of Ierapetra, next to a water source from the mountain of Thrypti.


Saint Anthony church at Kavoussi

The church of Agios Antonios (Saint Anthony) is located at position Vrysidia, above the beach of Tholos, in Kavousi, Ierapetra province. The church was a katholikon (main temple) of a small monastery that is placed chronologically at the end of the 14th century. In fact, there is a visitor inscription with the year 1390.


Church of Saint Anna at Thripti

The Byzantine church of Saint Anne (Agia Anna) is located a few meters west of the settlement of Thripti and just above the beginning of the stream that forms the imposing canyon Ha.


Panagia Pantanassa Monastery at Vagionia

The church of Panagia Pantanassa Vagionea is dedicated to the Life Giving Spring (Zoodochos Pigi )and is located at position Vagionia in the region of eastern Ierapetra. Built in a remote rural area, full of greenhouses, it was the main temple of the Pantanassa nunnery.


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