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Kapsa Monastery
Category: Monastery
Prefecture: Lassithi
Address: Goudouras
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Kapsa Monastery


Holy Monastery of Kapsas
 
The monastery of Kapsas is located in the southerneast corner of Crete, on the west side of the exit from the gorge of Pervolakia towards the sea. Even though the date of its foundation is unknown to us, the existence of wall painting decoration, possibly of the 13th–14th centuries, in the aisle of St. John the Forerunner, as well as the engravings which cover a long period, the oldest from 1512 until the more recent in the 18th century, give us secure facts for an early dating of the monument. The existence of a small monastery, at least, is also demonstrated by testimonials, according to which there were two ruined cells next to the church during its reestablishment in the middle of the 19th century. The contemporary history of the monastery is inextricably linked to John Vitsentzos or ­Gerontogiannis, who in 1844, decided to ­become a monk in the area, originally living as an ascetic in an adjacent cave for seventeen years and later repairing the existing cells. The sanctity of his life and his fame drew other ­ascetics, ­resulting in the creation of a monastic community and the construction of additional buildings. After the passing of Gerontogiannis, his grandson, Joseph Gerontakis, who became the abbot of the monastery in 1866, continued the ­construction work of his predecessor, as can be confirmed from the inscription on the ­entrance to the catholicon, of 1882, which mentions both the first donor, Gerontogiannis, and Joseph. The building complex of the monastery develops incrementally due to the sloping ground of the steep slope, with the ­cavernous church of St. John as the centre, which is formed externally as a twin-naved, barrel-vaulted church. The grave of ­Gerontogiannis, who was officially included in the list of saints of the Orthodox Church in the year 2004, is located in the interior, in the southwest corner. Excellent icons of the Cretan School are preserved in the church, such as the All-Holy Virgin the Vrefokratousa, in the type of the Dexiokratousa [‘holding the Child on the right’], of the beginning of the 15th century, and St. John the Forerunner of the 16th century.


Places near Kapsa Monastery


Pervolakia Gorge
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The Canyon of Pervolakia or Monastery of Kapsas
We have already reported previously on the significance of the biodiversity of this landscape. There are lots of rare endemic species and geological structures that make up a wild and imposing canyon.

Hiking can easily be completed without any special problems, except for very few spots where the hiker needs to be very careful. The length of the canyon is about 4 kilometres and its entrance is in the south of  Pervolakia village while its exit lies at the beach of the monastery of  Kapsas.

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Kapsa or Pervolakia gorge in Makrigialos: A very beautiful gorge close to the well known monastery of Kapsa in South-eastern Crete between Goudouras Village and Makrigialos. The Kapsa Gorge or Pervolakia Gorge is 9 kms far from Makri Gialos and 35 kms far from Sitia. The access is easy, through a very good asphalted road.

In a desolate, wild and dry landscape this very beautiful gorge is shaped. It starts by Kapsa monastery and after 3,5 kms ends to the isolated, traditional settlement Pervolakia. The route is relatively easy to be accessed, though there are some bluff grades that need some more attention when you descend. Though there are signs you have to be careful, when you walk on the bed of the gorge. Kapsa gorge in Makrigialos Kapsa gorge in Makrigialos Kapsa gorge in Makrigialos You need about 2 hours walking from the start of the gorge to the Pervolakia settlement and about 1.5 hours to return.The entrance of the gorge is about 100m far from the blue clear waters of Libyan Sea. Refreshing swimming at pebbled beach of Kapsa can go together with your hiking in the gorge. Kapsa gorge in Makrigialos 
 
Kapsas
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There are several pebbly coves along the road from Makrigialos to Kapsa Monastery and Goudouras. One of them is the Kapsa Beach close to Kapsa Monastery and Kapsa gorge. 

The isolated and peaceful beach is situated at a distance of 68 kilometers far from Aghios Nicolaos at the Northeast, 33 kilometers eastern to Ierapetra and 10 kilometers eastern to the tourist resort of Makrygialos. In fact, it is not a continuous beach, but a series of small coves with pebbles. Apart from swimming and relaxing, it is worth visiting the Monastery and the gorge, whose exit is behind it.

Not organised at all, as it also happens with the rest of the beaches up to the tourist resort of Goudouras, the beach is ideal for a relaxing swim in a crystal clear cool sea, without any facilities.
Koutsounari
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Kalo Nero is a small coastal settlement between Makrigialos and Kapsa Monastery. By taking the road from Lagada Beach to Goudouras , you will reach Kalo Nero beach and several other small coves and beaches which are often deserted and there are no facilities on the beaches. 



The beaches are located in one of the most rugged areas of eastern Crete. Kalo Nero is a small village at the outlet of a small, but inaccessible, rocky canyon. You will see the church of Panagia, an old chapel built at 1865, around which the inhabitants of the mountainous village Pervolakia built buildings to stay, when they brought their cattle to graze here.

The church was built on the remains of an older chapel, owned by Kapsa Monastery, which was built in 1461. There are several springs with fresh water, hence the name Kalo Nero (i.e. Good Water), which is very strange for such an arid region. Here, you will find three remote and small beaches that are ideal for swimming away from the crowds.
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Kalami beaches (it is a group of small beaches stretching for about 1 kilometer and parallel to the asphalt road, where other beaches are visible from the street and others not) is located between Kapsa Beach-Monastery and Goudouras Village, 11km east from Makrigialos, very close to Goudouras. 



The area is full with small coves with small quiet beaches, too far from busy centres. Some of the coves are very easily accessible, because the road passes just next to them.

The first easy finding beach you meet driving some 2km from Kapsa is called West Kalami and is named after the reeds (kalami in greek) that are next to it. It is a nice pebbly beach, perfect for seclusion with a spring with fresh water on the beach! There are no tall trees on the beach, but there is a big cave offering natural shade to its visitors, all day round. In order to locate that, you should note that the beach is located directly below the chapel of Agii Saranda. The beach is surrounded by high rocks, thus accessing it from the road is quite tough, but still possible.
Kalami
Kalami 352 hits
Kalami beaches (it is a group of small beaches stretching for about 1 kilometer and parallel to the asphalt road, where other beaches are visible from the street and others not) is located between Kapsa Beach-Monastery and Goudouras Village, 11km east from Makrigialos, very close to Goudouras. 



The area is full with small coves with small quiet beaches, too far from busy centres. Some of the coves are very easily accessible, because the road passes just next to them.

The first easy finding beach you meet driving some 2km from Kapsa is called West Kalami and is named after the reeds (kalami in greek) that are next to it. It is a nice pebbly beach, perfect for seclusion with a spring with fresh water on the beach! There are no tall trees on the beach, but there is a big cave offering natural shade to its visitors, all day round. In order to locate that, you should note that the beach is located directly below the chapel of Agii Saranda. The beach is surrounded by high rocks, thus accessing it from the road is quite tough, but still possible.
East Kalami
East Kalami 352 hits
Kalami beaches (it is a group of small beaches stretching for about 1 kilometer and parallel to the asphalt road, where other beaches are visible from the street and others not) is located between Kapsa Beach-Monastery and Goudouras Village, 11km east from Makrigialos, very close to Goudouras. 



The area is full with small coves with small quiet beaches, too far from busy centres. Some of the coves are very easily accessible, because the road passes just next to them.

The first easy finding beach you meet driving some 2km from Kapsa is called West Kalami and is named after the reeds (kalami in greek) that are next to it. It is a nice pebbly beach, perfect for seclusion with a spring with fresh water on the beach! There are no tall trees on the beach, but there is a big cave offering natural shade to its visitors, all day round. In order to locate that, you should note that the beach is located directly below the chapel of Agii Saranda. The beach is surrounded by high rocks, thus accessing it from the road is quite tough, but still possible.
Staousa
Staousa 351 hits
Kalo Nero is a small coastal settlement between Makrigialos and Kapsa Monastery. By taking the road from Lagada Beach to Goudouras , you will reach Kalo Nero beach and several other small coves and beaches which are often deserted and there are no facilities on the beaches. 



The beaches are located in one of the most rugged areas of eastern Crete. Kalo Nero is a small village at the outlet of a small, but inaccessible, rocky canyon. You will see the church of Panagia, an old chapel built at 1865, around which the inhabitants of the mountainous village Pervolakia built buildings to stay, when they brought their cattle to graze here.

The church was built on the remains of an older chapel, owned by Kapsa Monastery, which was built in 1461. There are several springs with fresh water, hence the name Kalo Nero (i.e. Good Water), which is very strange for such an arid region. Here, you will find three remote and small beaches that are ideal for swimming away from the crowds.
Anaskelou
Anaskelou 348 hits
Kalo Nero is a small coastal settlement between Makrigialos and Kapsa Monastery. By taking the road from Lagada Beach to Goudouras , you will reach Kalo Nero beach and several other small coves and beaches which are often deserted and there are no facilities on the beaches. 



The beaches are located in one of the most rugged areas of eastern Crete. Kalo Nero is a small village at the outlet of a small, but inaccessible, rocky canyon. You will see the church of Panagia, an old chapel built at 1865, around which the inhabitants of the mountainous village Pervolakia built buildings to stay, when they brought their cattle to graze here.

The church was built on the remains of an older chapel, owned by Kapsa Monastery, which was built in 1461. There are several springs with fresh water, hence the name Kalo Nero (i.e. Good Water), which is very strange for such an arid region. Here, you will find three remote and small beaches that are ideal for swimming away from the crowds.