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Discover the Religious Heritage of Apokoronas

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    The province Apokoronas is dispersed with several painted temples, imposing churches and abandoned countryside monasteries. The most popular monastery, restored lately, is dedicated to Saint George and is located at Karydi. The Foundation of the Holy Cross "St. Raphael" is an informal small monastery at position Tria Kamarakia, next to the highway of Rethymnon - Chania, which is mostlycharity- oriented. The main temple is a three-aisled basilica dedicated to the Neomartyrs (Raphael, Nicholas and Irene), the Holy Cross and Saint Ephrem. The Monastery of Saint George in Karydi (in Apokoronas Province) is located about 2km east of Vamos village. The monastery was abandoned for many years but was restored in 1996 and today it is operating normally. The monastery is the unique of Apokoronas province and is the most interesting monument of folk architecture in the prefecture of Chania. At the wider area of Vamos, at the side of the Venetian village Karydi Kartsomado and within close distance from the monastery of St. George in Karydi, we meet the ruins of the small abandoned monastery of Panagia at Katomeri. The church of St. Paul, after which the village Agios Pavlos of province Apokoronas is named, by Gavalohori, dates back from the 16th century. It has been restored and the interior does not preserve murals. Outside the temple, a cemetery has been identified which dates back from the 12th century, implying that there was an older temple here. There is a cross in the interior, bearing the date 1886. The church of Saint John the Forerunner is located just outside the village of Stylos (Apokoronas province) at position Platanakia. It is one-aisled church built in 1898 and celebrating on August 29 (a big fest takes place then). Around the church there are many plane trees which offer shade to visitors and there are benches and tables making the place ideal for picnics. The restored Byzantine Monastery of St. John the Divine is located next to the huge Roman cisterns of the ancient city of Aptera. It is believed to have been built in the 7th century AD, as a dependency of the Monastery of Patmos island, under the supervision of which it remained till 1964 (when it was abandoned permanently). The church of St. Nicholas at Kyriakosellia belongs to the most important churches in Crete. Its walls are adorned by frescoes. It is one of the finest samples of Byzantine architecture in the island. The temple of Saint John Theologian and St Nicholas is built at the entrance of the village of Stylos. This is a complex of three buildings, dating from the 13-15th century and preserving a fragmentary mural decoration of the 13th, 14th and 15th century.
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Departure Point
Μνημείο Ναυαγίου Ηράκλειον, Theotokopoulou 63, Chania 731 31, Greece

Traveler pickup is offered
10:00 am Hotels of Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis
10:20 am Xenios Dias and Golden Beach central parking (For hotels around the Golden beach and
Agioi Apostoloi)
10:35 am Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora)
10:40 am Talos Square – Hand fountain (For hotels around: West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)
10:45 am GS Tours offices (For hotels around: East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)
10:50 am Kriti hotel (For hotels around: Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center)
Departure Time
11:15 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Gratuities (optional)
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Key Details
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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