Panagia Monastery at



Panagia monastery, Sgourokefali
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The Monastery was built in 1989 by the nun Irene Papastefanakis and since 2000, it has been operating as a hermitage, built in levels. On the first level, on the right side of the entrance (to the south), there is a single-nave cemeterial chapel.

On the second level, there is a chamber for the guests, on the third level the Catholicon of the monastery and on the fourth one, the Archontariki (the guest house). Just above the Archontariki there are the cells of the two hospitable monks, who live there today. The Catholicon of the monastery consists of two naves with an inner narthex; the north nave is dedicated to Agioi Pantes (All Saints) and the south nave to the Nativity of Mary. The two naves are connected to each other with three arched openings and a small one in the sanctuary, which are based on three concrete pillars.

The iconostasis is woodcut and decorated with the icons of Virgin Mary Odigitria (guide leader), Pantocrator (Almighty), Agioi Pantes (All Saints), the Tree of Jesse, the Nativity of Mary, Virgin Mary Praying, Christ Blessing and St. John the Baptist Praying. The church is going to get fully painted, but, for the time being, there is only some painting on the frieze of the west wall, in the south nave, where there is the depiction of the “Nativity of Mary”, and also on the arch of the main church (in the same nave), which is adorned with stars in a blue background.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Monastery
  • Peak Period: Modern Greek (1913-Today)
  • Accessibility: Paved road
  • Phone: +30 2810 771414

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