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Σάββατο 19 Μαΐου 2018

Monastery of the Holy Cross Vosakos-An amazing monastic complex

Located about 50 kilometers east of the Town of Rethymnon, the  monastery of Holy Cross in Vosako is built on the northern slope of a plateau, in the Tallaia mountains in Mylopotamos.

Its building has a past back to the 17th-century although its church was built in 1855, replacing an earlier church, dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.

It is said that the name of the monastery "Vosakos" originate from  the ox-fold, composed from the Greek words βούς ,ox in English, and σηκός, in the Doric Greek dialect , fold in english.

The monastic complex is arranged in three wings, around the main church, which is  a single-aisled, vaulted church, characterized by simple artistic features and an impressive altarpiece.

On the left side of the church is located a fountain, built in 1673.
During the Greek Revolution, in 1821, the Ottoman Turks burnt the Monastery and killed 18 of the 20 monks. The two, who managed to survive, returned back and reconstructed its buildings.

After being abandoned for more than 40 years there is only one monk taking care of it, nowadays.

There you can find a beautiful garden with roses  and different forms of cacti.The monastery  celebrates on September 14.