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The Monastery of Valsamonero

The Monastery of Valsamonero is found 54 kilometres far from Heraklio at the Southwest, 2 kilometres from the crossroad before Kamares at the site of Vorizia. The Monastery has been constructed during the early Venetian domination; some inscriprions indicate the date of 1332.

The Northern aisle of the church, dedicated to Virgin Mary, was constructed in early 14th and was the first building; later on, between 1400 and 1428 the Southern aisle was added, dedicated to Aghios Ioannis; in 1438 it was added the lateral aisle, dedicated to Aghios Fanourios (a Saint of great importance for the locals, celebrated on the 27th of August) and later on it has been constructed the outer narthex.
The church has wonderful wall paintings, excellent samples of the Byzantine painting of the Cretan school, which flourished during the Venetian domination; it is from this school that started his art the famous Domenico Theotokopoulos ("El Greco"). For example, the wall paintings of the lateral aisle of the church have been made by the famous Cretan painter and hagiographer Konstantinos Rikos.

On 1947, after World War II, the Monastery has been restored under the supervision of the eminent Greek archaeologist N. Platon; the works of restoration are still in progress under the supervision of the Ephorate of Byzantine Monuments
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