Gardens of the Chrysopigi Monastery , GR 73100 Chania, Crete ( last change : 17.06.2012 11:32:15 )

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Gardens of the Chrysopigi Monastery
Abbey Chrysopigi,
GR- 73100 Chania, Crete
Phone : +30 28210 91125, 29840    
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Chrysopigi monastery is located 3km south of Chania city. Its temple belongs to the architecture Mount Athos triconch with dome and is dedicated to the Panagia Zoodochos Pigi (Live Giving Virgin Mary) (celebr. on Friday after Easter). Thousands of believers arrive here to honor the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary.

The complex of the monastery has an elongated rectangle shape with its temple in the center. The nuns´ cells and the other buildings are built around the temple and their outer sides form a fortification wall. In the northern part of the wall there is the arched gate of the monastery. Over the centuries the monastery has experienced periods of booms and declines. It suffered many attacks and severe damages from the Turkish and German conquerors of Crete. The monastery since 1976 operates as a female nunnery.

Today the nuns are involved in painting, preservation of old books and icons, book binding and the ecclesiastical embroidery. The monastery is renowned for its ecological and environmental actions. The nuns cultivate organically around 130 acres of land with olive, tangerine, orange, avocado, fig, apricot trees and vegetable gardens. They have collected vegetable varieties from all the villages in Crete. From the products, they mainly sell organic oil so as to promote organic farming. Organic wastes of the monastery are converted into compost for using as fertilizers, while the rest are recycled. Moreover, the nuns run environmental education programs for schoolchildren from all over Europe!

Opening hours :
daily: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3.30 pm - 6.00 pm

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