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Xopateras Tower

  
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Xopateras Tower
Location:
Part of the monastery of Odigitria south of the village Sivas at the south Heraclion county in Crete
Region > Prefecture:   Greek Map
Crete
Herakleion
Municipality > Town:
City of Faistos
• Sivas
Altitude:
Elevation ≈ 240 m 
(Relative Height≈0 m)
Time of Construction   Origin
1568  
Post-BYZANTINE
H 
Castle Type   Condition
Castle-Monastery  
Relatively Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The monastery of Odigitria is in a remote area at the western side of mount Asterousia. The complex was protected by a strong fortification, from which today some parts of the walls, the tower and the main gate (with the inscription 1568) remain.


History

The monastery was constructed around 1568. Its tower is related to the legend of the Cretan fighter named Xopateras.

Xopateras was a monk in the monastery who was excommunicated after the killing of a Janissary, hence the name Xopateras or Xopapas (meaning something like “ex-priest”).

After that, Xopateras joined the rebellion against the Turks in Crete, using the monastery as a base. In 1828, a large Turkish force moved against him and besieged the monastery. Xopateras fought for 3 days but at the end he was killed after a heroic sortie from the tower that now bears his name.


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