Kardamoutsa Monastery

The monastery is dedicated to the True Cross. It was founded in the late 16th century and belongs to the citadel style. The monastery features stone sculptures, capitals and sculpted troughs that prove its peak during the 17th century. The catholicon dates back to 1580. It is situated at the centre of the monastery and […]


Holy Monastery of Areti

The monastery was founded at the end of the 16th century by Markos Papadopoulos, who also bequeathed it great wealth, enough for the upkeep of twelve monks. Notary documents confirm its peak during the 17th century as they mention the multitude of its transactions with other monasteries or individuals. Despite its destruction by the Turks […]


Holy Monastery of Vidiani

The monastery of Vidiani is located in the northwest side of the Plateau of Lasithi. It was founded around the middle of the 19th century by the hieromonk, Methodios Perakis, who was its first abbot, in the area of the settlement of Vides, a large family from Lasithi whose name it took. The simple, mainly […]


Holy Monastery of Kroustallenia

The foundation of the monastery of Kroustallenia on the eastern side of the Plateau of Lasithi dates to the late Venetian period even though its early history remains ­unknown. During the Ottoman period it was an important religious and devotional centre of the area while it ­maintained a primary school until the first decades of […]


Holy Metropolis of Petra and Cherronesos

The Metropolis of Petra and Cherronesos with the historical capital of the county of Lasithi, Neapolis, as its seat, occupies the northwest part of the county of Lasithi and the southeast part of the county of Heraklion. It was created with the recent union of the abolished – since 1900 – Diocese of Cherronesos and […]


Church of Agios Antonios (Koutsouras)

The murals of this tiny arch-covered church have not been preserved well. Among the images that remain visible are scenes from the Christological cycle, the images of saints and a rare depiction of the Virgin Mary presenting Christ to John the Baptist as a pupil.


Agioi Apostoloi (Holy Apostles) (Lithines)

Built in 1415, this is a single-space arch-covered church with numerous murals. Its depictions of the Christological cycle (particularly elaborate, depicting a total of 17 scenes) and the Second Coming are most impressive.


Agios Athanassios (St. Athanassius) (Lithines)

This is 15th-century, single-space arch-covered church. A narthex was added to it in 1603 in order to house the family crypt of Georgios Vlachos, a nobleman.


All – Holy Virgin at Lithines

A twin-naved church was added to the south side of the single-nave church of the All-Holy Virgin, in the middle of the settlement, during the 1950s. The wall ­painting decoration of the old aisle, of the 14th century, has scenes from the Christological and Marian cycles with the scene of the Second Coming occupying the […]


Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas) (Ziros)

This is a 16th-century church featuring murals that are rather poorly preserved. It is possible to discern engravings dating back to 1507 and 1515.