Places near Kato Metochi
Agios Charalambos is located about 52 km from the town of Agios Nikolaos, on the Lassithi Plateau. It is a small village with about 60 inhabitants, which took its name in 1960 from the church of the village.
In the area there is a section of an old Byzantine church dedicated to Saints Sergio and Bacchus.
The construction of the monastery is said to have begun in 1841on the ruins of an old ruined church and it is dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi (the “Spring of Life”). It is a stone-built church with very elaborate masonry, stone carved apertures and a wood-carved altar-screen of impressive artistic merit.
The church and other main buildings of the Monastery were set to fire by the Ottomans in May 1867, during the revolt of Cretan people against the Ottoman domination. However, due to the high moral and the eagerness of the abbot and the monks it has been soon reconstructed. During the German occupation, the abbot of the monastery Dorotheos was executed because of his rebel action. In 1991 another monastery restoration and construction of new buildings began. Considerable works of restoration and renovation of the monastery are being done in the last few years, whereas in the area of the Monastery it is planned to establish the Museum of Natural History. Access from Agios Nikolaos or Heraklion is easy by rented or private car and motorbikes.