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Nunnery of Agia Irini

 
 

Monastery of Agia Irini - Rethymnon (Rethymno)Monastery of Agia Irini - Rethymnon (Rethymno)The nunnery of Agia Irini is located a few kilometres south of Rethymnon, just outside the village of Roussospiti.  This nunnery appears to date from the 14th century.  It flourished during the Venetian period and continued to exist up until the Turkish occupation of the island.  At some point during Turkish rule the nunnery fell into disuse and remained abandoned until 1989 - when restoration work gave it a new lease of life.  The currently resident nuns have made it their mission to preserve and maintain traditional handicrafts of the region - in particular weaving and embroidery.  The museum in the nunnery grounds houses an impressive display of needlework produced by the nuns.