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Monochoro

Monochoro is a quiet place at the edge of the Messara plain, at the foot of Psiloritis Mountain. It lies on an altitude of 190 meters and approximately 16 people live in this village. Mires and Timbaki are 2 bigger villages on short distance (2 and 12 km) of Monochoro. Weekly market day is Friday for Timbaki and Saturday for Mires. Here you also have a bigger supermarket, shops, banks, ATM, etc. Some beaches near Monochoro : Kokkinos Pirgos, 15 minutes’ drive, Matala, 20 minutes And in between those you have Kalamaki, Komos, Afrathia, etc.  
It is a village with a continuous and uninterrupted history of more than 700 years. Not one house is sold to foreigners, the opposite applies; its people want to return and renovate the homes of their ancestors and even build new ones. The first time the village was stated in writing was in a document as old as 1394! It is found in all known censuses already in 1577. In the village lies the historic church of the Virgin Mary, celebrating on the 8 of September, solemnizing the Birth of Our Lady.   The founder of this church, Georgios Mousouris, is portrayed inside in hagiography on the back of a horse in a landscape of pomegranates. There are frescoes of inestimable value dating back to 1345 in the church. At the west end side is a half- ruined pranoos, while at the east of the entrance from the south you have the so called “Arcosolio”, which was a grave with a particular roof. The Saint Gerasimos Kefallinia returned in 1548, after 20 years of absence, from Jerusalem to Zakynthos. He stayed for 2 years in a cave near the village and became a friar there. This place, which has since played the role of the church, is at short distance from the village.   The cave seems to be artificial, and the inside of the rock has been manually drawn. The solid rock is from "almond-stone", this is easily deduced from the square of the shape. The cave is like a small room. It is 1.70 and 2.5 meters wide and long.   The cave is very difficult to find and almost impossible to enter. Like tradition says, also Apostle Paul arrived in the village on one of his tours when he was travelling from Jerusalem to Rome. The combination of those two visits makes that the place is seen as sanctuary by the locals, and they even compare it with “a little Mount Athos of the Messara plain”.

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House Veïsakis
Monochoro Crete

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A sweet flavor of Cretan tradition on the flank of the mountain. The house Veïsakis is a traditional house from

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