Kardiotissa Monastery is 6km above Avdou, after the village of Kera.
It is 45km southeast of Iraklion towards the Lassithi Plateau.
The monastery of Kera Kardiotissa is located in a pleasant setting, high in the mountains of Dikte, with a view of the Pediada Valley and the sea. The monastery celebrates on 8 September -- the birth of the Virgin Mary. It is a very old monastery which was in existence during the second Byzantine period (961-1204). It is a two-aisled church with beautifully decorated windows, and on the sides of the church are large, blind arches decorated with bricks. Inside the church are fourteenth century frescoes and old icons. The wooden altar screen of the church is very attractive. The icon of the church was reputed to have been stolen in the fifteenth century and is now in the church of Saint Alfonso on Esquiline Hill in Rome and is named the Virgin of Perpetual Succour.
This text is cited Feb 2003 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.
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