Monasteries of Peninsula Spathas Rodopou

Built at the beginning of the peninsula Spatha, near the road to the ancient Diktynaio, the settlement seems to thrive from early Venetian. In isolated places inaccessible hinterland of small temples are built, transformed into monasteries during the 15th and 16th centuries.

The reconstructed many times church of the Monastery of St. George, near Menies originally built in the mid-14th century, when dating scene prelate, who discovered and is the work of an excellent craftsman. Due to the isolated location of the temple is a large number of inscriptions are engraved on the wall paintings with interesting content. The small monastery of St. John the Baptist in the picturesque valley of Giona, dating to the 16th century and is one of the largest pilgrimages in Crete. In a small pond, in the temple, they found pottery and coins from the 12th century.