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Monastery of Axion Esti in Ierapetra

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The Axion Esti Monastery is situated on a hill 2km north of Ierapetra. Its full name is the Female Monastery of the Resurrection of Christ and Virgin Mary “Axion Esti”.

Established in 1984, this modern monastery is for women and is encircled by the monks’ cells. The primary temple is a three-aisled church, with each aisle dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Resurrection of Christ, and the Annunciation. Additionally, within the monastery, you can find the chapels of the Nativity of the Lord, All Saints, and Holy Trinity. Outside the complex, the Church of the Transfiguration is also present.

Notably, the monastery’s primary celebrations occur on Easter’s Resurrection and June 11th (Virgin Mary).

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