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Category: Town-Village
Prefecture: Heraclion
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The municipal district of Demati consists of Demati village and its surrounding area.

The name of the village, according to the native schoolteacher and history lover Mr Mihalis Stylianakis, emanates from the initiative of the surrounded communities to build a kefalohori (big and powerful village) and thus was created Demati, ( from the word deno and dema, meaning tight up held togrther) from the union of smaller settlements that once surrounded that area. Another interpretation that he has provided us with is that the name Demati is a compound word made out of Des and Mati; Demati, (look and eye) as the splendid view invites us to admire its beauty with our eyes.


Places near Demati

Anapodaris four-arch bridge
Anapodaris four-arch bridge 2605 hits

Bridge in Demati
This Venetian monument, according to the residents of the settlement of Demati, was used for military purposes and it became a passage to the river Anapodaris, towards the Messara Area. The bridge was constructed for military use and this may explain the fact that the bridge has been still standing, serving the needs of local residents, not only pedestrians but also wheeled vehicles.

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Agia Paraskevi Monastery 2526 hits

Byzantine Monastery of St. Paraskevi in Demati
The monastic complex is located south of the village Demati, at the foot of the mountain, at a distance of 30 km from Kastelli. Dating back from the second period of Byzantine times (12th – 13th centuries) it consists of the single – aisled church of Agia Paraskevi, the church of Archangel Michael and that of Agios Markos. In the first two temples icon paintings have been saved, as the Ephorate of Antiquities has intervened. The temple of Archangel Michael was bombed during the period of the Second World War and it has paintings only on the northern part of its walls, whereas the church of Agia Paraskevi is fully covered with icon paintings. The church of Agios Markos is in a poor condition. It needs restoration and there are no murals visible in it.