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Assomaton Monastery in Moni Assomaton

The church of the Assomaton Monastery
The church of the Assomaton Monastery
The Byzantine Assomaton Monastery in the Amari Valley, beside the village of Agia Paraskevi, probably dates from the first Byzantine period, even though most references to it allude to the thirteenth century. The church of the monastery is Michael Archangelos, built on top of an older Byzantine church. The monastery has a long history of support for the Cretan fight for freedom and for education. As a result the monastery was plundered and destroyed many times during the Turkish occupation but it only fell completely in the earthquake of 1810. The dates 1692-1847 are inscribed on the south entrance. It now houses an Agricultural School. The many relics of the monastery's rich past are preserved in the Historical Museum of Iraklion.

Photos of Assomaton Monastery in Moni Assomaton:


A church in the old monastery, Moni Assomaton
A church in the old monastery, Moni Assomaton
The tree-lined entrance to the monastery, Moni Assomaton
The tree-lined entrance to the monastery, Moni Assomaton
The large plane tree in the Assomaton Monastery
The large plane tree in the Assomaton Monastery
An inscription in the Assomaton Monastery
An inscription in the Assomaton Monastery
An inscription in the Assomaton Monastery
An inscription in the Assomaton Monastery
The church of the Assomaton Monastery
The church of the Assomaton Monastery
 
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Synonyms and related links Amari Valley :
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Synonyms and related links Iraklion :
Heraklion
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