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Category: Town-Village
Prefecture: Rethymno
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Roustika is a village in central Rethimnon prefecture which maintains some aspects of traditional village architecture and traces of its Venetian past. Near the village is the monastery of Profitis Ilias. The monastery includes the Byzantine church of Profitis Ilias, Agia Triada, and Agia Zoni. The church is a three-aisled basilica with a dome on a drum. It has a bell tower with two bells with inscriptions dated 1637. The monastery had been a centre of support for the revolutions against the Turks and it was destroyed by the Turks in 1821.The church of the Panagia (Kimisis tis Theotokou) is very interesting. It is a two-aisled church in which it is obvious that the two aisles were constructed at different time periods. It has an unusual bell-tower which is dated 1627. The church also has a wooden altar screen and two layers of vividly coloured frescoes, the later one dating from 1381.

The name Roustika comes from the Latin word RUSTIKUS. In the village, there is the famous monastery dedicated to the prophet Elijah (Profitis Ilias), built in 1200, as well as the Church of Panagia, dedicated to the Holly Mother, which was built in 1380.After a tiring but pleasant day, your stay at the traditional Cretan taverns and cafes are really compensating. During the summer, many traditional festivals take place in the nearby regions. Our guests have the opportunity to experience traditional Cretan music and dancing.

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Profitis Ilias mon.
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The monastery of the Prophet Ilias is located just outside the village of Roustika (approximately 17km south-west of Rethymnon Town) 

According to inscriptions on two bells on the site, work started on the existing monastery in 1637.  However, when the Turks conquered the island in 1646 work on the monastery was halted.  Construction resumed in 1667.

As with other monasteries in the region the monastery of Prophet Ilias played an important role as a centre of resistance during Turkish rule.  The monastery thrived until 1821 when it was destroyed by the Turks.  It was rebuilt in 1831, but was once again destroyed by the Turks in 1866.