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Churces & Monasteries

Panagia Faneromeni Monastery

On 500m above the sea level, between Aghios Nikolaos and Pachia Amos, is found Panagia Faneromeni Monastery. Built into the cave in which appeared the marvellous Icon of Virgin Mary.

According to the Ecclesiastical legend, the Icon had been found by a shepherd who took refuge into the cave, after a suddenly break open of rain, around the end of 12th century A.D.
The shepherd put the Icon in his bag, and returned at house late in the afternoon. The next morning tried to find the Icon in order to shows it to the priest of the village, but the Icon was disappeared. Few days after, the shepherd passed from the cave where had seen the Icon, but remained surprise when saw the Icon at the same place, in which had been found. For one more time he took the Icon and for one more time the Icon returned in its favourite cave. At the same cave, was built later a Church, which functioned also as monastery, up to today.
The Monastery played enough important role, for the education of children and older, during the dark years of Turkish possession. With an excellent a wide view to Mirabello gulf, the Monastery, is submerged of people, every year, since 1 August and for all the fortnight, up to 15 August.
Panagia Faneromeni is very known in Greece for the innumerable marvels, that Virgin Mary made to faithful. Are many those who decide to reach the Monastery on foot, the day of its celebrate on15 August. Thus the national road from Aghios Nikolaos to Ierapetra fills literally of pilgrims for 15 days of each August, who begin before sun rises, in order to avoid the summer heat.
The medium time that needs someone in order to go on foot to the Monastery, from Aghios Nikolaos, is around 6 hours, and 5 hours from Ierapetra.