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Paliani Monastery 2859 hits
Paliani Monastery is located near Venerato village, 20 kilometers from Heraklion city in Central Crete.

Is is a Female monastery, probably the oldest in the whole of Crete. It has been first recorded in 669, and was founded sometime during the first Byzantine period. 

Deserted many times, in 1821 the nuns were slaughtered by the Turks and the church was burned and looted. The holy instruments, as well as other ecclesiastical items, were stolen. The current church is dedicated to Koimisi of Theotokos, Agios Panteleimonas and Three Hierarchs.
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Venerato 2696 hits
Venerato is a village located in the southern prefecture of Heraklion, Crete, 20 kilometers at an altitude of 305m. The village is crossed by the national road of Heraklion city - Messara Plain. People living in Venerato is calm, kind and hospitable. Until now live about 1200 inhabitants engaged in agriculture.

The village has a long history and the name comes from the Venetians. Venerato means respected, venerable might have given the name of the monastery and Palianis As such, the nearby village. At 1833 describes an English writer, who was then a visitor in the surrounding villages, at that time was the only village in Crete that was purely Venetian name. And then lived 12 families and a Christian Muslims.Originally the site was Venerato Tower - Canyon, southeast of the village. During the Venetian period the villagers who lived in the Tower - Gorge, after creating the holiday village of Arabs, she worked as servants in their mansions. Just left the Venetians, the villagers lived in their mansions, built other houses and slowly - slowly up the current village.The village is one of the lower hills of Psiloritis. On the east side of the village has amphitheatric and below this line are rich olive groves and vineyards. Southeast through an ancient river called "Apollo." South of the river on a hill is an old monastery called the Lady of Palianis that celebrates on August 15. In the center of the monastery is a church pampalaios priceless antiques.Previously the village every Friday was fair. In ancient times was famous for its famous wines and even the time of Venetian and Ottoman rule was to export wines Venerato abroad, called Malebyzi wines.Venerato was home of Bishop Gerasimos Letitsi Crete, who managed the 1735 restoration to the small church of Agios Minas and to establish the cathedral of Crete. From Venerato was Neophytos Economou, general secretary of the Chancellery, the temporary state of Crete during the revolution of 1821. At the time of Ottoman rule for Christians to save their land from the Turks, to donate to the monasteries, particularly in the monastery of St. George Apanosifi.


Under the Ottoman Turks law respected property of the monasteries. In 1835 the property back retook the Verathianoi because the state bought from the monasteries. East of the village extends in depth a wide valley through which the river "Apollo" as mentioned above. Adjacent to the vineyards is an old monastery called the Holy Virgin. The monastery was built in 1750 asked the Pasha to the Cathedral Restoration, provided they do not make any change and use the same materials.The village that skirts several chapels and three large churches like the Church of Palianis built in 1894. North of the temple, is a handsome tomb pampalaios some monks. At north side of the village is a small church of St. Lucian with great archaeological value, each summer visited by many tourists.In the village center is a stately two-story house, which was bought by the community for the restoration and make a museum.Now Venerato community but not the seat of Paliani which includes four villages Venerato, Avgeniki, Shiva or Siva, Cherries, which are very close together.
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Avgeniki 2680 hits

A traditional village 18 kilometres south of Heraklion city on the road to Messara-Mires, prefecture of Heraklion. It is vibrant all the year round and is very attractive with 3 kafenions, primary school, 2 mini markets, florist, butcher, bars and tavernas.

Set above the road it has winding streets. Only a couple of minutes drive from Venerato with clothes shops, DIY, 3 petrol stations, bank, P.O. laundry, flower shops etc. Presently a new road is being built nearby, but not close enough to involve noise, however this road will make this charming village very accessible to both the north and south coasts and will cut down the time for reaching both.

Avgeniki is situated with a group of other villages at the centre of the island of Crete. Dafnes, Kerasia, Venerato and Siva are all close by and offer very good facilities. The location of Avgeniki is perfect for getting around the island.

The capital of Heraklion, with its Ferry Ports and Airport are just 30 minutes drive away and the city itself is a Mecca for Shopping and Culture. The Bustling Beach resorts are a short distance in either direction. To the South of the village the beautiful southern Beaches and Resorts are all within easy reach along the National Roads. A very friendly easy going environment exists within the villages and although visited by some tourists there still exists a lively working atmosphere amidst the rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards. Excellent bus service hourly north and south.

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Aghia Theotokos 2638 hits
This is a small monastery on the side of the Apollo river located within the limits of the Venerato village, 20 kilometers from Heraklion city in Central Crete.

The date on which it was built is not known. However, what we do know is that by 1754 it had already turned into ruins which means that it must have been operating during the last few years of the Venetian period.The first mention of the monastery comes from the Ottoman archives from 1754. The villagers of Venerato and Galeni filed a report with the authorities, asking a permit to renovate the temples of Holy Mary in their villages.

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Kerasia 2609 hits

Kerásia (Κεράσια in Grek) is 18 km from Heraklion city, close to Venerato village, south by the national road. Kerásia is a small proud Cretan village in Iraklion prefecture, surrounded by the other villages. There are different ideas as to how Kerásia gets it name. There are also two spellings. Kerassia and Kerásia. Some believe it comes from the word for cherry tree – which is the same word. Others say it comes from the Greek verb kerno which means ‘to offer’.Kerasia sits at the foothills of Mt Psiloritis, in a gently sloping valley. It is a small agricultural village busy producing sultanas, grapes and olive oil. The olive groves and vineyards are interspersed with each family’s perivoli orchard or garden, with mandarinia, lemonia, walnuts karidia, lots of other fruit and vegetables. Yards with pigs and goats are dotted about.With about 40 families, some of Kerasia’s houses are closed up, their owners in Iraklion or further such as Germany, USA or Australia. This creates odd pauses in the village as you walk through the narrow streets, strange crumbled buildings and forgotten, empty corners. This is slowly changing as people return from the diaspora.The village sits just up from the national road and with close access to both Iraklio and the thriving cornucopia of Messara, it has been on the trade routes of the island for many years. The first notation of the village dates back to 1583.Kerásia has two churches, Agios Giorgos in the lower village near the kafenion, and Agios Síllas (Άγιος Σύλλας) higher on the hill. These are both well loved churches, worth a visit and are fully functioning alive churches.The small country roads around Kerásia will lead you to another church, in a glorious, inspiring setting, I Panayia i Faneromeni (Παναγία η Φανερωμένη), meaning roughly The Apparition of the Virgin. This is a tranquil and relaxing setting, with many large trees and picnic tables to enjoy the view of the little gorge with cypress pines. There are some very old gnarled olive trees on the way to this shrine, a short 10 minute walk from Kerasia. The church is sitting looking over the valley with the rocky hill behind it. Goats roam up there. Sometimes the only sound will be acorns falling on the roof of the church. Other times you will hear the loud interruption of a motorbike, as the lad from the village comes to look after the shrine and light the candles.This gorge is part of the European walking trail E4.The hub of village life is the kafenion. The kafenion in Kerásia is a very simple affair. Life flows slowly and quietly by, however if you sit a while and allow yourself to slow down, you will find the parade of life passes by the doors of the kafenion. Our deputy mayor, a resident of Kerásia, put it this way “the kafenion is the university of life”.Discussions start slowly, at times you can walk in and believe no one is talking to each other. Sometimes the room is full of smoke and shouting. Sometimes there are card games; sometimes the TV is turned up very loud. Each village kafenion will be different. Seek out your village kafenion and sit a while. Get to know the way of things and always, always respect the old people in your village. They will teach you more than you will know.When you enter a home or kafenion in the village, you will be offered a coffee kafé or a raki, in Cretan known as tsikoudia. Accept. Enjoy. In Kerasia you will be treated with the most wonderful hospitality.