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Agarathos Monastery

Ancient remainders in Agarathos Monastery
Ancient remainders in Agarathos Monastery
This men's convent, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, is one of the oldest monasteries in Crete. Manuscripts in the British Museum, dated 1559, provide evidence that it had an important library then. During Venetian times this monastery, as well as Agia Ekaterini in Iraklion, were educational centres and provided instruction for many important scholars. The name of the monastery comes from Agarathia, which means Jerusalem Sage because it is believed that an icon of the Panagia was found in this spot under a Jerusalem Sage bush. The church of the monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. When the Turks invaded the island the icon of the Panagia and other valuables were sent by the Abbot to Kithera for protection. Many inscriptions in the monastery date from the Venetian era, although the present church is new.

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The entrance to the Agarathos Monastery
The entrance to the Agarathos Monastery
Ancient remainders in Agarathos Monastery
Ancient remainders in Agarathos Monastery
Agarathos Monastery in Pediada
Agarathos Monastery in Pediada
The Agarathos Monastery
The Agarathos Monastery
The old monastery of Agarathos
The old monastery of Agarathos
Ancient remainders in the Agarathos Monastery
Ancient remainders in the Agarathos Monastery
Ancient remainders in Agarathos Monastery
Ancient remainders in Agarathos Monastery
 
Visit the area of the sight: Agarathos Monastery
Synonyms and related links Iraklion :
Heraklion
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