Odigitria Monastery

Nestled in the western end of the Asterousia Mountains, 250 meters above sea level near Agiofarago and Martsalo, the male monastery of Odigitria exudes timeless beauty. Known as Agio Oros of Crete, this area held significant importance for hermitage in Crete. Accessible through the Siva village and falling under the Pigaidakia district, the monastery, dating back to the 14th century, once belonged to the Kallergis family and is among the oldest in the region, documented in the Ducal Records of Chandax (Heraklion) in 1393. Its fortress-like architecture, featuring well-preserved walls, houses the central temple dedicated to Koimisi of Theotokos and Petros and Pavlos Apostles, while remnants of an old church, Agios Fanourios, can be found on the grounds. The monastery complex includes various functional areas such as a baker room, an oil press, a winepress, storage facilities, a well, guest accommodations, an abbot’s quarters with a library, cells, and graves of the saints associated with the monastery. Additionally, the historical significance of the monastery stretches back to the 17th century, marking its enduring legacy of resistance.

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