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The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni

The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni (i.e. Revealed Virgin Mary) in the prefecture of Lasithi, is about 9km west of Sitia town and 1km away from the beach of Platani.

It is built on the edge of the Agioi Pantes (i.e. All Saints) canyon.
The name Panagia Faneromeni derives from the icon of the Virgin Mary which was found in the cave inside the monastery.

The monastery is quite old, although the date of its foundation can not be accurately determined.
It is is believed to have been founded before 1455 by hermit Ioannikios, but was later destroyed by pirate Barbarossa.
It was restored by Monk Gennadios in 1624.

In the centre of the monastery, there is the two-aisled church dedicated to the Assumption (celebrated 15 August) and St. George (celebrated 3 November).
The church contains frescoes dating back to 1455, which were unfortunately blackened by the smoke when the Turks set the church on fire.

The monastery has six old monk cells which maintain their medieval architectural style.
Although nowadays the monastery is deserted, there are others cells built by local residents to accommodate the pilgrims in the month of August when the monastery celebrates.

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