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  The Chrisoskalitissa Monastery is 38km south of Kastelli, on the west coast of Crete, 71km from Chania. In the area of Chrisoskalitissa evidence of a Minoan settlement has been found.
The name of the monastery of Chrisoskalitissa (Golden Stair) came from a tradition saying that one of the 90 stairs to the top of the monastery is golden but only a person without sin can see it. A few nuns live here. The view of the surrounding area from the monastery is exceptional, although the monastery itself has no old buildings.

This text is cited Oct 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.


Monastery of Hrissoskalitissa (golden stair). The monastery is dedicated to the Assumption of the Holy Mother. It is located at the southwest part of Kissamos, 73km away from Hania, and is part of the municipality of Vathi. The monastery is built on a rock and pilgrims visiting have to follow a staircase carved on it with 98 steps. According to the tradition, the last one was made of gold but only faithful people could see it ( hence the name of the monastery from the words Hriso meaning gold and Skalitissa meaning of the stair). According to the tradition, however, the Patriarchy in Constantinople gave the gold step to the Ottoman sultan in order to achieve better treatment for the Christians.

This text is cited Dec 2003 from the Interkriti URL below, which contains images.


Chrisoskalitissa Monastery is built on a rock overlooking the Ionian Sea.To reach the monastery you have to go up 90 steps which lead to the top of the rock. Tradition has it that one of the steps is made of gold, but sinners cannot see it - hence the name of the monastery, Chrysoskalitissa ("Golden Step").In the area of Chrisoskalitissa evidence of a Minoan settlement has been found.


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