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Faneromeni Monastery
Category: Church
Prefecture: Lassithi
Address: Pachia Ammos
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Faneromeni Monastery


The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni is located between Gournia and Pachia Ammos, in a fairly high attitude, 540 meters, on the northern side of the mountain region of Ierapetra’s cross and arranged in 6 levels.
The Catholic Monastery dedicated to the Assumption and Life Giving Source, is a cavernous, in a rock cavity shape in the fifth level.

Its exact establishment time is not known, nor can be deduced from the architectural elements that are preserved. A major renovation happened after 1839. By the mid 20th century, extensive interventions that altered several buildings and the overall form of the complex happened.
The monastery operates today with communal regime.


Places near Faneromeni Monastery


Voulisma Beach
Voulisma Beach 2552 hits
The second bay of Istron village is located 500m east of the village very close to the main road from Agios Nikolaos city to Sitia - Ierapetra area. Here is one of the most beautiful beaches of Greece, which is featured in many card postals of Crete.It is a beautiful sandy beach with blue-green crystal clear sea. The beach offers full facilities for swimming, sunbathing (umbrellas, sunbeds etc.), and sea sport. It is very popular.
 
The small town of Istron - some 10km south of Agios Nikolaos - lays claim to a number of cove beaches, each separated by large land peninsulas jutting out into the bay of Mirabello .The area - which is unique in natural beauty - is surrounded by sea, creating beaches of special beauty, some of which are small voes while others are big ones. There are beaches of different kind, some have pebbles, some other have sands, some are completely organized while others are not. The diversity of beaches gives the visitor the opporunity to choose where to go according to his preference.
 
Voulisma or Golden Beach is a beautiful beach with white sand and amazing turquoise waters. The few times that it is wavy, you can move to the smaller beach in the west part of the bay, which is very well protected from winds and less organized.
 
Voulisma, or ‘Golden Beach’, a gorgeous narrow stretch of white sand backing onto relatively low, olive-clad cliffs. With a blue flag award to its name, Voulisma beach is a great all-rounder. It’s not uniquely different to many other beaches in Greece, but it does provide everything you need for a family-orientated beach holiday – soft sand with few pebbles, crystal waters, gentle shelving, and a couple of places to buy an ice cream. For these reasons, Voulisma Beach can get pretty packed in the height of summer.
 
If you need relief from the crowds, head to the nearby ‘Agios Panteleimonas Beach’, which offers more beach space, even if it is slightly less beautiful than its rival a kilometre to the east. Unfortunately, Voulisma Beach is only reached by steep stairs, so disabled access is extremely limited.
 
Agios Panteleimonas
Agios Panteleimonas 2539 hits

Church, 15th - 19th Century

The small, barrel-vaulted, single-nave church was propably rebuilt at the beginning of the 19th century, close to the commercial port of Kalo Chorio. The surviving inbuilt decorative glazed bowls on its exterior possibly testify to its being older.

The church was obviously destroyed by fire as only the cross and the damaged icon of St. Panteleimon survive from its once elaborate alter screen. As was determined after the icon's cleaning, it was used to paint the icon of Christ at around the beginning of the 2oth century. Outside of the small church are graves, not only of residents of Katevati but also of others who were slaughtered by the explosion of a mine from those that the Germans had placed along the coastline of Kalo Chorio. During embellishment work witch took place around the church,marble slabs were discovered that confirmed the tradition of the area known as "Marmara, marbles". The famous italian traveller, monk and geographer, Christopher Buondelmonti, during his visit to the area around 1415, mentions the port and the existence of large, rough marble slabs which were transported, suitably chiseled to the location "Marmaro", where there were the remains of an ancient pagan temple.

The church celebrates on July 27, feast day of the Great Martyr and Healer St Panteleimon, and constitutes the largest local feast. During Vespers, the procession of the Holy Icon of St. Panteleimon takes place, while on the dayof the feast, after the conclusionof the Divine Liturgy, the priest, according to an old tradition, blesses the waters and throws the Holy Cross into the sea, from where it is brought up by swimmers.

Kalo Horio - Istron
Kalo Horio - Istron 2531 hits

Istro is no bustling tourist village, and those who come to visit will live alongside the local people. It is easy to relax in the warmly welcoming atmosphere of the Greek tavernas, restaurants and kafenions, and the shops in the village provide everything you might need on holiday. 

In all directions there are excellent bus connections, which offer the possibility to see much of Eastern part of Crete on a series of day trips. Well worth seeing, if you rent a car, is the palm tree lined beach at Vai, the famous Minoan palace of Knossos, the Lasithi plain with its windmills, the island of Spinalonga, and Chrisi Island, or Matala with its ancient man made caves, and much much more.

Apart from these there are beautiful walks in the area, and Istro is full of archaeological interest. The new village of Istro sits on the site of the ancient town of Istrona, remains of which are still being found today. Because of this, the land closest to the sea has a conservation order and no new building may take place, which leaves the beaches uncrowned and un spoilt.

There is a regular bus service to Agios Nikolaos and other areas, a Taxi rank, telephone and internet facilities, Post Office, petrol station, grocery stores, restaurants, taverns, mini markets, souvenir shops, clubs, bars, travel agencies, cars and bikes for rent, etc. catering for the 2800 tourists staying in hotels, villas and apartments and for the visitors or day-tourists from other areas. Kalo Chorio (or Istron) is also a perfect place for windsurfers. Most of the days there is wind strong enough (specially in Agios Panteleimon beach) to take you in surfers paradise.

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Vrokastro 2446 hits
The coastal route from Aghios Nikolaos city, district of Lassithi,  to the village of Kavousi is very interesting. But the mountainous landscape to the south of this road hides some noteworthy places. The first is the Minoan settlement at Vrokastro, on a hill 1,500 metres south of the village of Istro. It was here that the American archaeologist Edith Hall excavated in 1910-12 the ruins of a late-Minoan period settlement which seems to have been inhabited until the Geometric Period (11th-8th centuries BC).There is no road leading to the archaeological site, so if you want to climb up here (300 m high), you will have to leave your motorcycle and take the path that begins just before the small sign marked ‘’13 km’’ along the road from Agios Nikolaos to Sitia. The climb is not as tiring as you might think, and you will certainly enjoy a beautiful view from up here, and a solitary tour of the (rather poor) ruins of the ancient city.
Vriomeni Monastery
Vriomeni Monastery 2442 hits

Panagia Vreomeni Monastery is an impressive monastic complex which probably dates from the Byzantine period. The Monastery church belongs to the type of monochrome domed church and came up from to construction phases.

The original church, was built in 1400 and during the 16th century an overhead narthex was added. The interior of the original church is full of wall paintings that are sample production paintings of Crete in the early 15th century while the 16th century constructions have richness and originality in the decorative motifs. The monastery is currently today inactive and belongs to Meseleroi Parish.

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Pilos 2440 hits
The awarded beach Pilos or Istron Bay is in front of the small luxurious hotel Istron Bay, 13 kms east from the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos and 2 kms away from the next village Istron. An easy to access beach with sand and pebbles, very well equipped and safe to approach the sea, ideal for children. While it seems as private, there is a path leading to the beach starting from the west of the hotel. Furthermore, you should keep in mind that there are no private beaches in Greece. The beach is sandy and has calm blue waters. Istron Bay is the last beach by Istron area on the way to Sitia and just 400m farfrom Voulisma beach to west..

Very close to it two first aid stations, one belonging to a well organized diving centre, the telephone, and the beach restaurant of the hotel with Cretan and Mediterranean cuisine. Pilos is a particular beautiful beach, quiet and isolated optically from the hotel by a steep cliff of a sandy hill with sea pines. It has been praised repeatedly by the Greek and International Press for the unique colours of the sea.
Panaghia Mesa Gournia
Panaghia Mesa Gournia 2430 hits

Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Gournia
Gournia 2424 hits
The small beach of Gournia is located 1,5 km north of the archaeological site of Gournia, close to the main road connecting Agios Nikolaos to Ierapetra and Sitia. The beach is partly secluded and has some touristic facilities. The beach is found within a small cove and is well protected from the winds. 

 

Although not fully organised, the beach presents many advantages. Being between Istro beach (2,5 km to west) and Pachia Ammos Village and beach (3,5 km to east) and in front of a camping, it offers various accommodation facilities and good food and drink; besides, it is a nice beach. For swimming you have also the alternatives of Istro village (Karavostasi beach, Agios Pandeleimonas beach, Voulisma beach, Istro bay beach) and Pachia Ammos.