12 - 17 June, 2016, Chania, Crete, Greece

Monastery of Saint Kyriaki (Agia Kyriaki)

In 1976 the Monastery of Chrysopigi was transformed into a Convent. The present community of Chrysopigi, in conjuction with the daily liturgical cycle of prayer, engages in icon-painting, ecclesiastical embroidery, book publications, the preservation of old books and icons, bookbinding etc. The sisters also cultivate the land with organic farming methods and implement an environmental education programme.

Agia Kiriaki

On the land belonging to one of the older monastic dependencies of the Monastery of Chrysopigi (a monument of the 17th century), in the years 1993-1996, the old glebe of Agia Kyriaki was restored. It is located near the village of Varipetro, Nea Kydonia, 12 km from Chania.

The new monastic centre is being created in a valley overlooked on either side by caves (some of which are chapels, where a pilgrimage takes place on foot over stone paths).

In the area of ​​Agia Kyriaki, on a rocky hill under the ruins of the Byzantine castle "Kastellos", the new monastic buildings of Chrysopigi were erected. The aim is to create a setting where the structured and the unstructured space are in balance, so as to highlight the natural environment and harmonize relationships with the buildings.

This place was blessed by the presence of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 2002, who walked the trails in the area and laid the foundation stone of the new Catholic monastery, dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ. Ten years later, in September 2012, the new building was inaugurated by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.