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Chryssoskalitissa Monastery, Elafonissi
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Chrysoskalitissa Monastery is a 17th-century Orthodox Christian monastery located on the island of Crete, Greece. Located on the south-west coast of the island, in the municipal unit Innachori, it lies some 72 kilometres south-west of Chania. Built up on rocks some 35 metres high, it overlooks the Libyan Sea. According to Cretian tradition, the name of the monastery is derived from one of the ninety steps which lead there, which is said to be golden ("chryso" in Greek). The monastery is dedicated to the Holy Trinity ("Agia Triada") and the Dormition of Virgin Mary ("Koimisis Theotokou").
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  • We were there but just half an hour, admission € 2, plenty of time to take a few pictures. The 82-year-old monk is very photogenic as he sits on the wall, but he seems to be evil if you want to shoot him, I have done it from a distance with a telephoto lens
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  • The monastery has very interesting history, beautiful church and views. It is very good option for people, interested in religion sites, to be combined with a day-trip to Elafonissi. 
  • Sheffield to bit a wax leaving Elafonisi, seems small from the road is big, the temple is palios and poly Kala diatirimenos and also is very friendly an MIA's shop!! very very beautiful Marathon!!
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  • Lovely views, well preserved monastery, but light on historical info at the site. Worth a stop on the way to or from elafonissi
  • A relaxing place on the way to Elafonisis.
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  • A very pleasant break on our journey south. The monastery is very small but has a rich history. The admission at 2€ is fair. There is a small gift shop with reasonably priced souvenirs pertinent to the monastery and the orthodox church. There is a small folklore museum too. I was fascinated by the old icons and the 19th century hymnal in both Greek and Arabic. It shows clearly the struggle with the Ottoman Empire as it is crumbling. We also saw the school that was kept hidden from the Ottomans too. The church building is compact but has some lovely icons. Good views from balcony. Some building work on I'm October 2014.
  • Monastery of Chrisosikalitissis, a nun and a monk living there. Located near the Cretan dream beach of Elafonissi, always worth a detour. Alternative program to beach life!
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