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Extra-urban places of Heraklion: Agia Eirini at Spilia

Updated: Aug 1, 2018

The church of Agia Eirini at Spilia, is located in the east slopes of a scenic and steep gorge, just a couple of kilometers to the south of the famous archaeological site at #Knossos, and about eight kilometers to the south of #Heraklion.



Possibly, the modern day chapel was built on the same site of the, mentioned in written sources, medieval and post-medieval Monastery of Agia Eirini .


“The place name (staSpilia is possibly derived by the numerous small caves in the area, and the Minoan quarries for the construction of the Palace of King Minos.”

Recently, we visited this place on the 05th of May, when the church of Agia Eirini is celebrating and a local fest set in noon.



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