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Vrondissiou Monastery

Situated 48 kilometres far from Heraklion at the Southwest and 3 kilometres at the North of the village Zaros, the Vrondissiou Monastery is a very old one, going back to the 14th century, according to the documents available.

It has been one of the most important religious, intellectual and national centres of Crete. It has always been active in every revolution and revolt in Crete, mainly
in that of 1866, when it had suffered extended destruction by the Ottomans.
The Catholicon of the Monastery is dedicated to Apostle Thomas and to Aghios Antonios; it is two-aisled, with the northern aisle to be the more recent. Wall paintings of high artistic value decorate the church, along with many icons of the 15th century, said to have been painted by the hagiographer Angelos.
During the last decades the Monastery have been extensively restored, both the Catholicon and the cells of the monks. Conservation works have been also carried out for the wallpaintings.

Access to the Monastery is possible by rented or private car and motorbikes
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