Chrisoskalitissa Monastery

μονη χρυσοσκαλιτισσας xrysoskalitisa monastery

The Monastery of the Assumption is built on a cliff in the west coast of Crete, near the unique beauty beach of Elafonisi which is included in NATURA network. The monastery was probably built in the late years of Venetian rule. In the census of 1637 listed as temple ofMadonna Ghunoskaletessa by the priest of the nearby village Kouneni. According to tradition, named Chrisoskalitissa because one of the steps of the steep staircase leading to the monastery was gold, but only faithful can see it.

A short distance below the rock was built a complex named Parthenon, which housed nuns, which belonged to the monastery. In the cathedral stands the image of the Virgin Mary, artwork of second half of the 17th century. In recent years the monastery is been renovated and hosts a small museum with newer religious relics and folk art objects.