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.

Panagia Karydiani Monastery in Mythi

The monastery of Panagia Karydiani is an unknown, but historic monastery located 6km west of Mythi village, on the southern slopes of Lasithi Mountains. The monastery is situated in an elevated area (at an altitude of 750m) with incredible views to sea and mountain. It belongs to the monastery of Faneromeni.


Panagia Church at Metaxochori

The village with this rich religious tradition hosts many churches. Among them are the Byzantine church of Saint George and the half-ruined church of the Panagia (Virgin Mary) dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin Mary.


Agia Paraskevi monastery by Vrondas

Within walking distance from Vrondas ancient site, there is the old monastery of Aghia Paraskevi, where one of the few arcosolium (domed tombs) of Crete survives.


Saint Nicholas Church at Malles

The church of Agios Nikolaos is located in a centre of the village Malles in the province of Ierapetra and at first glance one thinks that it is a modern temple. However, the church dates back to the Venetian period but has undergone extensive restoration works, both externally and internally.


Panagia Mesohoritissa church at Malles

The temple of Panagia Mesohoritissa is located in the center of the picturesque village Malles in the province of Ierapetra. It is made of a single temple, to which a second transverse aisle has been added. Both sections of the two phases of construction bear frescoes.


Saint George Temple at Loutra

South of the village Malles in the province of Ierapetra lies the deserted village of Loutra, where the imposing church of Agios Georgios still dominates the place with a large cypress tree next to it. Because of its size, it is believed to have been the seat of the Diocese of Iera, like the nearby church of Panagia at Armos.


Saint George Assaris Monastery

The temple of Agios Georgios at Assaris belongs to a small monastery, now a dependency of Panagia Faneromeni monastery. This is a single-aisled vaulted church and bears frescoes of the 14th and 15th century with the iconographic program based on the Christological cycle and the cycle of Saint George.


Church of the Holy Apostles at Kavousi

At the neighborhood Ligaras of the historic village Kavoussi we meet the impressive Byzantine church of the Holy Apostles . Ligaras gets its name after the hydrophylic plant ligaria as there is a spring (kavousi) that waters the village. Ligaras is the oldest neighborhood of Kavousi, which over the centuries developed around this spring.


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