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The monastery of Kristalenias is in the west side of the Lassithi Plateau. The original monastery was probably built in the fourteenth century. The Venetians destroyed the monastery themselves and it was later rebuilt when they allowed Lassithi's reoccupation. The monastery was a centre of rebellion during the Turkish occupations and eventually the Turks destroyed it. The present buildings are of recent construction. The monastery provides a good view of the area as it is fifteen metres above the plain on a stone out-cropping.
This text is cited Feb 2003 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.
it was built in 1541 A.D. at an altitude of 850m at a wooded region with a wonderful view. A religious and cultural center it was of great national and social importance.
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