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Vrontisi Monastery

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Vrontisi Monastery
(Greek: Μονή Βροντισίου, also spelled as Βροντησίου) is a 14th-century Eastern Orthodox monastery situated between the villages of Zaros and Voriza of the Heraklion regional unit in south-central Crete, Greece. The monastery is roughly 50 km southwest of Heraklion and is built at an altitude of 550 m on the south slopes of Mt. Ida, having a panoramic view of the Mesara Plain and the Asterousia Mountains. The origin of its name is not clear; according to the prevailing explanation it was named after its founder whose surname was Vrontisis.

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Moni Toplou

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Moni Toplou
(Greek: Μονή Τοπλού) is a 15th-century monastery located in a dry and barren area in the Lasithi regional unit, on the eastern part of the island of Crete in Greece. It is about 6 km north of the village of Palekastro and 85 km east of Agios Nikolaos. The monastery was originally called Panagia Akrotiriani (Virgin Mary of the Cape), after the nearby Sidero cape. Its current name literally means "with the cannonball", thus called by the Turks for the cannon and cannonballs (Turkish: top) it had in its possession for defensive purposes.
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Agios Ioannis Theologos

This monastery (Agios Ioannis Theologos in Greek) lies in a verdant setting Southeast of the village of Anópoli. It used to be part of the Saint George (Agios Giorgios) monastery, which is located to the North, which was abandoned following the frequent pirate raids in the 15th and 16th centuries and all the monks moved to the monastery of Saint John. During the Ottoman occupation of Crete, the monastery hosted Cretan revolutionaries and a secret school, something that lead the Ottomans to destroy it and kill the monks and the people of Anópoli in July 1896. The monastery was founded again some years later.
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Monastery of Panagia Vryomeni

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Meseleroi
(Greek: Μεσελέροι) is a village in the east of the Greek island of Crete, in the regional unit of Lasithi. It is located 9km north of Ierapetra, and lies within its administrative limits. The village is 360 meters above sea level.
Meseleroi is named after the ancient town Oleros, as it is located in the middle (in Greek: meson, meaning middle, + Oleros). A few ancient ruins in the area still survive to this day. The main sight of the village is the Monastery of Panagia Vryomeni, which attracts many visitors during the Orthodox Feast of the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos on 15 August.

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"Panagia Exacousti" monastery.

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Males
is a historic village in the municipality of Ierapetra in Lasithi prefecture on Crete. It is situated 25 kilometers north-west of Ierapetra, 40 from Agios Nikolaos and 12 kilometers away from the sea (Myrtos village). Together with nearby hamlets Hristos and Metaxohori Males until recently formed the Nea Mala municipality. It is built 550 meters above sea level, south east of Dikti mountain, in an area rich in vegetation. It is built where the ancient city of Mala was.
In the Venetian period it was the most populous village of Ierapetra. The village has many interesting churches from the Byzantine and Venetian period. The forest surrounding of Males is unique on Crete, despite the fires that have destroyed much of the ecosystem of this place in recent years. The forest Selakano is still mostly disturbed. It is the most important forest of Crete, some 4 kilometers away in the north western part of the village. Three kilometers from the settlement on the road to Ierapetra lies "Panagia Exacousti" monastery.

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Ag.Georgios

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