Chrysopigi Monastery

Chaniá, Greece

The Convent of Chrysopigi, just outside Chania, is dedicated to Mother Mary, the Life-Giving Font (Panagia Zoodochos Pigi). The convent is built in a fortress style and it was founded by Ioannis Chartophylakas at the end of the 16th century. During Venetian rule it was a significant spiritual centre with a well-stocked library.

Its stopped flourishing with the Ottoman siege in the summer of 1645, when Philotheos Skoufos, the Father Superior, escaped to the Ionian Islands, taking with him the holy heirlooms of the monastery. Since then the place was deserted until it was restored in the 18th century. During the Liberation Revolution against the Ottomans it was burnt down.

After 1830 it played an important ecclesiastical role, but during the Second World War the Nazis obliged the monks to leave and caused serious damage to the buildings. In 1976 Chrysopigi was restored and became a convent. In the interior of the church dedicated to the Life-giving Font (Zoodochos Pigi), there are wonderful icons of the 19th century and a wonderfully carved wooden iconostasis.

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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Kyriakos Koymakis (2 years ago)
Iconic Greek- orthodox Nuns Monastery. Well known for their hospitality. Dont miss the chance, if any.
Ruslan Bogatov (3 years ago)
Very quiet place! Few people, nice atmosphere!
Debbie Davies (3 years ago)
Well worth a visit lovely people and lovely views would recommend this place.
David Swales (3 years ago)
What a lovely peaceful prayerful place with the most sweet and kind nuns!
Stanislav S (3 years ago)
Peacefull place to find yourself with the God, a blessed place with a lot of love for the ones who dedicates themselves for the Holy Church.
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