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Amari
Category: Town-Village
Prefecture: Rethymno
Address: Rethimno
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Amari


The village of Amari has 222 inhabitants and is located in the valley of the same name in the foothills of Mount Samitos. In bygone days it was the capital of the District of Amari (Neus Amari). 


The village is embellished by Venetian and Neoclassical buildings. Of particular interest is the bell-tower of the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, built on the top of a rocky outcrop. On the periphery of the settlement there are two very important frescoed Byzantine churches, those of Ayia Anna and Kera Panayia.


The former dates from the beginning of the 13th century and is the oldest recorded church on Crete; the latter was built on the ruins of a church of the 13th century and the wall-paintings date from the early period of Venetian occupation. Both churches have been preserved. There is a Folk Museum in the village.