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Venetian Constructions

  In Sternes there is a large Venetian structure as well as remains of Venetian houses.


Spileo Arkoudas

  The cave of Our Lady of the Bear (Spileo Arkoudas) is on the path from Gouverneto to Katholiko. The chapel dedicated to the Virgin is inside the cave. At the rear of the cave there is a grey bear-shaped stalagmite with a small pond in front of it. Local legend says that the Virgin Mary turned the bear to stone after she caught it drinking the monks' water. Archaeologist claim that in antiquity the cave was a shrine to Artemis, who was transformed into the shape of a bear. On the first day of February local people come in the evening for the church service and stay in the cave afterwards to celebrate with food and wine.

This text is cited Oct 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below.

Neolithic Cave

  There is a cave in the hill, which was used from Neolithic times. Evidence exists of its use as a sanctuary from the end of the Bronze Period through all the Greek periods.

Gorges & Ravines

Katholiko Gorge

AKROTIRI (Municipality) CHANIA
  Among the 115 caves and 5 small gorges of the promontory the small verdant gorge of Katholikou or Avlaki Agiou ("The saint's way") distinguishes itself in its wild beauty. After reaching the well-known Convent of Gouvernetou, situated at an altitude of 260m. and a distance of 16 km from Chania, you start walking northwards on a pathway and, after 10 minutes, you meet the Cave of Panagia Akroudiotissas, as well as the chapel of the Virgin Mary and the sanctuary of Artemis. After walking for 10 minutes downwards, you can see the monastery of Saint John the Hermit, who lived during the 14th century in the 151 m long and very nice cave that is situated in the vicinity of the chapel.
  A little further downwards, after walking over an unusually big bridge, you enter the gorge. You then walk on the streambed for about half an hour and reach the coast. You can see is very clean for swimming. You can see a Venetian well, a construction where the monks of Katholikos used to keep their small craft, and the stone portion that was cut off for the building of the Convent.
This text is cited April 2003 from the Prefectural Committee for the Promotion of Chania pamphlet.


Venizelos Graves

  The graves of Eleftherios and his son Sofocles are in a memorial park overlooking the city of Chania. The park is at the entrance to the peninsula of Akrotiri on the road from Chania to the airport, about 2km from Chania.
Eleftherios Venizelos was a Cretan statesman who fought for independence from the Turks and later for union with Greece. He was prime minister of Greece several times, and one of the most important Greek statesmen, until the monarchists forced his resignation and sent him into exile in France. He died in exile in 1936. From this site in 1897, Cretan revolutionaries raised the Greek flag to symbolize their demand for union with Greece. A salvo from the European fleet destroyed the flagpole. A Cretan again raised the flag under fire, using his body as the flagpole. From this location, the view of Chania is quite outstanding, especially at sunset. The gardens around the graves and the small church of the Profitis Ilias are a popular site for baptisms and weddings during the summer months.

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

Religious monuments

Byzantine church of Agii Pandes

  The village of Sternes contains the Byzantine church of Agii Pandes. It had cruciform architecture with a dome. On the floor of the church there is an old tomb decorated with vine leaves.

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