Chania Monastery of Agios Georgios

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Location: Menies

Located in Menies, on the Spatha peninsula, the Monastery of Agios Georgios was built in the 9th century AD.

A small medieval watchtower was also erected next to the convent complex to afford the monks greater protection from pirate attacks. An inscription that dates back to 1596 indicates that it was still in use at the time. The inside of the temple was adorned with masterful frescoes, and a beautiful mural depicting a hierarchy still survives to this day. Other extant buildings include an olive mill and two wells.

Agios Georgios Monastery was eventually abandoned (probably during the 1600s) as a result of the constant pirate raids. The monks then founded the Monastery of Agios Georgios at Kolymbari, which later evolved into the convent of Panagia Odigitria Gonia.

Agios Georgios at Menies can be accessed through a 22-kilometer-long dirt road starting at the village of Rodopos.



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