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The monastery of Kera Eleousa

Monasteries and Churches

Heraklion

The monastery of Kera Eleoussa is located next to the village Voritsio and belongs to the Monastery of Agkarathos.  The monastery is built on a hill at three different levels, because of the slope.

It is a Venetian monastery with fortress architecture, with its embrasures having survived. The main gate with its triangular pediment leads to a small courtyard where you meet the stable and the pantry. From there, a staircase leads to the central courtyard, surrounded by the monks’ cells, an olive oil mill and the wine press. There is also a second gate on the south side, leading to the village Charaso.

The main church of the monastery was built on an older temple, as proved by a stone pillar in the courtyard. Inside the church there are two tombs of monks and another at the entrance of the temple. At the entrance of the church there was a marble reservoir, part of which is exposed today in the museum of St. Catherine (in Heraklion).


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