Church /Monastery in Lasithi (Crete)

 

Churches and monasteries abound in this part of Crete, with the two most famous being the church of Panaghia Kera in Kritsa and Toplou monastery, some 16 Kms east of Siteia.

 


Look at the few aged icons, including one of Theotokos from the 14th century and a fine example of the style known as Hodeghitiria, usually associated with Constantinople.
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Situated next to the national road, a monastery has existed here since Byzantine times, though what we see here, was founded in 1961, on the site of another monastery, abandoned in the 19th century.
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Found close to the village of Phourni, some 18 Kms distance from Aghios Nikolaos, Areti is a large, impressive monastery, with resident monks, making bread, olive oil and wine.
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A kilometre east of the beautiful village of Kritsa, lies the three-aisled church of Panaghia ("All Holy", a name often given to the Virgin Mary) Kera.
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A splendidly situated site, some 16 KMs east of Siteia, and 12 Kms west of Palaikastro, Toplou is a lovely place to visit with amazing attractions.
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Situated near the village of Vigli, close to Neapoli, there is an unsigned wall paintings here dating back to the 13th century.
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Worth a visit, though sadly deserted these days, Keramos monastery dates back to the late 17th century, a time when the Ottomans had wrested control of Crete from the Venetians. It was abandoned at the end of the 19th century.
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