Rethymnon Churches & Monasteries - The Antifonitria Monastery in Rethymnon, Crete can be found in the small mountainous village of Miriokefala, just 29 km south-west of Rethymnon Town. This ancient monastery is believed to have been founded by Saint John Xenos in the 11th century, who also established many other monasteries throughout Crete. According to tradition, Saint John discovered a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary under a bush after hearing a voice shouting, "Here I am! Here I am!" This is how the monastery came to be named Antifonitria, which translates to "she who shouts".

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