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Prefecture: Rethymno
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The sleepy village of Veni offers an intimate, relaxing and traditional experience by visiting it. Veni sits beneath the northern slopes of the Idi and Psiloritis Mountains (known as Ida massif) right in the middle of northern Crete. The distance from Axos nearby village is 3km, from Rethymno 43 far and from Heraklion City 45km and Anogia is 8km far.  If you’re looking for a very quiet, slow-paced, peaceful, warm and conventional Greek experience on Crete, it’s worthwhile to consider Veni for part of your trip. Some visitors describe Veni as a place where time has slowed down, if not stopped all together.

Veni is known for its simple and very traditional Cretan lifestyle. If you visit Veni, you will be able to experience traditional everyday life for Greeks. The way of life in Veni remains intact and unspoiled by tourism or westernization, and if you want to experience authentic Greek culture, sleepy Veni is a must-see

Veni is also only a few minutes from Axos, one of Crete’s most ancient towns with a history stemming back 3,500 years. As well, a few minutes out of Veni and you’ll find gorgeous and breathtaking mountains, springs, streams, rivers and even caves to visit. While Veni itself doesn’t offer beaches, a short drive can take you to all the various beaches of Crete’s northern coast, as well as the capital, Heraklion, a large, busy and lively town.Veni is all about a simple, cultural and relaxing experience.

Come not for the nightlife or the shops and tavernas, but to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and experience Greek culture first-hand.


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Oaxos 2682 hits

Τhe village of Oaxos, one of the most important cities of ancient Crete, was situated in the area of the modern village of Axos, 44km southeast of Rethymno Town, and flourished from Late Minoan and Geometric up until Roman and consecutive times.
Archaeological pick-axes have brought to light many parts of the ancient city including the temple of Aphrodite, the prytaneum, tombs and a variety of archaeological relics. The wall of the acropolis, remains of which can still be seen today on the summit of the hill, must have been of particular grandeur. In 1899, the Italian Archaeological School started excavations, which uncovered a variety of findings such as Minoan potsherds, stone vessels, inscriptions and many figurines of a naked female body, which is believed to portray the goddess of Fertility.


Furthermore, remains of buildings dating back to the Classical Period were found, on top of which new constructions had been built, mainly Byzantine churches. The city flourished during both the Roman and the Byzantine Period.


During the latter it accommodated the seat of the Episcopate and boasted a large number of churches. At the place of Livada, north east of the village, remains of archaic times have been found, a fact, which indicates the dimensions of ancient Axos.

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Diskouriou Monastery 2667 hits

Diskouri Monastery is near Axos, Milopotamos, between the villages Livadia and Veni by Rethimno prefecture.
The monastery of Diskouri was deserted and in ruins until recently. Despite the thoughtless interventions that happened in the past, the visitor can still see original features of architecture; in the centre of the courtyard is found the small church of Saint George while graves of bishops can be seen around the church. 
In the interior of the church the historical and, as the locals will tell you, miracle -working icon of Aghios Georgios is kept. It is still a custom to ask for help or the solution of various issues in front of this icon with a pledge to Zeus, also known as "NiZa".

Its buildings were destroyed during the Turkish invasion (1646), but it was rebuilt soon after and reached its peak during the Ottoman rule. During that period it acquired an important fortune and possessed many important handwritten books in its library.

Many of its buildings were damaged during the Cretan uprisings of 1821 and 1866 and from the earthquake of 1856. During the Cretan revolt of 1866, the monastery was revolutionary centre and seat of the revolutionary committee. The Monastery is operating today.