Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Sacred Place in the Mountains

Vosakou Monastery, Crete Greece

Welcome back.

Yesterday, many Christians around the world celebrated the Feast of the Cross, which honours the cross used in the crucifixion of Jesus. In Greek, this is referred to as the Raising Aloft of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.

Vosakou Monastery, front entrance

 Here in Crete, there are several churches that are devoted to the Holy Cross, and thus, are named after them. The main church at the Vosakou Monastery in the prefecture of Rethymno, is one of them.

We attended the liturgy at the main church which was very peaceful, considering there were many people present, as well as a few animal folk!

The grounds at Vosakou are beautifully landscaped, perfectly complementing the various hues of the terracotta coloured stone, which has been roughly laid throughout.

The monastery dates back to the early 17th century. Yesterday morning, hundreds of people  came from all across the island to celebrate the Holy Cross in quiet prayer, high above the Aegean Sea, in the tranquility and beauty of a sacred place in the mountains.

Hope you have a wonderful summer weekend; it's the last!

Talk to you soon.


All images: 
Poppy View


  1. Dear Poppy ~
    Welcome back to blogging!! I've missed your posts and wonderful photos. The light in Greece is incredible. Such intensity!! The ancient architecture glows in this beautiful land.
    Cheers from DC,

  2. Thanks so much for letting me know about
    this wonderful place in the Mountains of
    lovely Grete.

  3. So happy to see your blogging again!!! It's my favourite place to be online. Your scenic pics have a way of taking me on a journey with you. Rich in nature and history. Always refreshing. Keep them coming!!!


  4. Thank you so much, Poppy for taking us along on this journey to honor the Cross of Christ. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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