stands on — or rather clings to — a spur of cliffs overlooking the large Bay of Mirabello in the northeast Crete. It can be seen from the narrow coastal plain and the main road, though it’s partly camouflaged with the grey-brown rock.
Built in the 16th century, the Faneromeni monastery looks more like a defensive redoubt than a cloister, as it was hewn into the rock face as a defensive measure against the Ottoman Turk threat. The sea view from here is quite stunning. The heart of the still-operating monastery is the church hidden inside a cave, where every 15th of August the devout flock mark the Dormition of the Virgin Mary in a colourful and moving spectacle.
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