Saint George of F(a)landra

Τhe monastery of St. George of F(a)landra is located on a hill of Festos, just 100 km to the southwest of the entrance to the archaeological area. Its exact date of foundation is unknown even though its surviving catholicon is dated to the late Venetian period. The existence of the monastery of St. George “of […]


Holy Monastery of St Nicholas at Zaros

The monastery of St. Nicholas, once a dependency of the monastery of ­Valsamonero, is located a kilometre and a half north of the settlement of Zaros, at the south entrance to the ravine of St. Nicholas. It is mentioned as a dependency of the monastery of Valsamonero with the name of “St. Nicholas at Karopouliana” […]


Holy Monastery of Saint George the Vrachasotes

Even though the oldest reference to the monastery dates to 1549, during the ­abbotship of Joachim Kontoioannes, the dating of the wall-painted north aisle of the catholicon to the 14th century, places the first use of the space to an earlier period. Indeed, the heyday of the monastery, as can be determined from the surviving […]


Panagia Keralimeniotissa (Our Lady of the Harbours) Monastery (Faflagos)

Panagia Keralimeniotissa Monastery, dedicated to the Dormition of Mother Mary, is situated deep within Faflagos valley. According to tradition, it was built by monks from Agios Prokopios (St. Procopius) Monastery, who were forced to abandon it when it was destroyed by Saracens. When they later returned to the Monastery, they brought gifts to the Virgin […]


Agiou Georgiou (St. George) Monastery

A short while before arriving at Vryses, within a lush landscape of olive groves, there is the Monastery of St. George of Karydi; According to documents of 1600, it was named after a small hamlet called Karydi which used to stand here (walnut). During the Ottoman occupation it was conceded as a dependency to the […]


Agiou Ioanni (St. John) Monastery (Aptera)

At a central spot in the ancient city of Aptera, which was erected and flourished in the 3rd and 4th centuries B.C., there is the Monastery of St. John the Divine (Theologos), a dependency of the Monastery of St. John on the island of Patmos. There is a reference to dependence as early as 1181 […]


Prodromou (St. John the Baptist) Monastery at Korakies

The Monastery of St. John the Baptist at Korakies has existed since the period of Venetian and used to be a convent. The Catholicon, which is being restored, has two aisles and stands in the centre of the long monastery cloisters. The Church has been extended many times with changes that adulterated its original style. […]


Guverneto Monastery

The Guverneto Monastery is situated at the northeast end of Akrotiri, on a location full of lentisks, thyme, wild olive trees and carob trees. It is one of the oldest monasteries of Akrotiri. Guverneto was founded after the 11th century and destroyed by fire before 1765. The bloodiest pages of its history were written during […]