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Some of the most important religious monuments are to be found west of the city of Chania, on the fertile plains; the tour combines natural beauty spots, wandering through the orange orchards and olive groves of the region.
At Agia, with the small quaint lake, one can visit the Church of the Dormition (Koimisi tis Theotokou) and further south, at Alikianos, the Church of the Life-giving Font/Font (Zoodochos Pigi).
Crossing south through the lovely orange orchard valley one reaches Meskla, where the church of Christ the Saviour (Soter) stands.
Following the mountainous road southeast, after the village of Zourvas visitors can access the deepest part of the impressive gorge of Therissos, where the village of the same name lies, scattered with small, picturesque chapels.
The village is associated with Venizelos’ Revolt in 1905, which led to the abdication of Prince Georgios and, consequently, the Union of Crete with Greece (1913).
The church of Agios Georgios (St. George) & Agios Haralampos (St. Charalampus) (Therissos)
This is a two aisled Byzantine church with an arched roof, dedicated to St. George and St. Charalampus. Its wall decorations are not very well preserved.
Zoodochos Pigi (Life-giving Font) (Alikianos)
The church of Zoodochos Pigi (Life-giving Font) is also known as Ai kyr-Yiannis, from the name of its donor, Ioannis Xenos. It was built in 1030 and it is a cross-in-square church with a cupola. The internal decoration is in two layers. The first one dates back to the 11th century and was recently revealed […]
Koimisi tis Theotokou (Dormition of Mother Mary) (Agia)
The church of the Dormition (Koimisis tis Theotokou) seen today was built on the ruins of the early Christian Basilica of the 5th century. During the 10th or 11th century it was rebuilt and became the Diocese of Kydonia and Apokoronos.