Lasithi Churches & Monasteries - The Faneromeni Monastery in Lasithi, Crete is a must-see for any visitor to the area. This male monastery is situated on a steep slope at an altitude of 540 metres, offering breathtaking views of the sea. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Zoodohos Pigi, and the church is built inside a cave with two aisles. The monastery is a popular destination, drawing pilgrims from all over Crete, especially on August 15 when it is celebrated.

The location of the monastery was chosen for its defensible position against frequent pirate raids on the coasts of Crete. Its architecture is reminiscent of monasteries that were restored in the late 16th and 17th centuries. Legend has it that a shepherd once lost his best ram every afternoon and followed it to the cave where he discovered the icon of the Virgin Mary. He built the monastery on the same spot, and the same icon mysteriously appears and disappears on the Assumption and other Marian feasts.

To experience the wonder of the Faneromeni Monastery in Lasithi, Crete, visitors come from far and wide, some even making the journey on foot to fulfil an oath. Its location on a steep slope gives it the appearance of a fortress standing high above the sea. Don't miss the chance to see this famous monastery and its awe-inspiring views.

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