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