Monastery of St. George in Karidi



The Monastery of St. George in Karidi Apokorona located approximately 2km east of Vamos. The monastery was abandoned for many years, but restored in 1996 and works again. The monastery is the only province Vamos and is the most interesting architectural element of Chania. Trademark of the monastery is the large mill with 12 arches, whose roof has collapsed. Inside are four mills, of which only survived the builders bases, while millstones have been removed. The large size of the mill and the existence of four mills, unique in the mills of Crete, witness the huge amounts of olives gathered here and, consequently, the enormous production of oil. Before the foundation of the monastery, the area was a settlement and manor of a Venetian nobleman, whose house still survives. When the Turks came to Crete, forcing residents to either leave the village, either changed their religion. Four families changed their faith and to such an extent that hated Christians. So they asked the Turks to turn the Church of St. George, which was in the village mosque. Therefore exhaustive tax imposed on priest of the church, to be forced to leave the church and its property. However, the priest gave the church to the monastery of Agia Triada Tzagarolon, which could no longer pay taxes. Since then, monks of the Holy Trinity came to Karidi and built a new, larger church, in its current form. The estate of the monastery grew quickly, as many Christians have donated their land to the monastery. Even Turks gave their property to St. George, which is generally respected as people.