The Gouverneto monastery

The Gouverneto monastery

The Gouverneto monastery, with its temple dedicated to Our Lady of the Angels. It is the oldest monastery of the Akrotiri peninsula and one of the most important monasteries of Crete.

In spite of the fact that the archive of the monastery destroyed during the Turkish occupation on the island, it is estimated that the monastery have begun building in 1537 by ascetic monks who wanted to protect themselves from pirate's attacks, and that's why they built the monastery like a fortress, with towers on the corners and battlements on the sides of the walls.

Impressive are the monstrousness masks that adorn the basis of the columns of the narthex, a sample of the style of Baroque architecture.

Celebrates at 6 of October.


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