Agios Georgios Koumpelis

The church of Agios Georgios Koumpelis dates back to the Venetian period and is located to the west of Meleha Cape, Chania.

The major church building (equally known with the term Katholikon or Catholicon) and the dome are the only parts of the initial monastery complex of Agios Georgios Koumpelis that still remain intact. The monastery was probably destroyed during the battle and the violence that followed the conquest of Crete by the Ottomans in the 17th century.

The architectural style of the church is peculiar, constituting a variant of a triconch with a dome.

Agios Georgios Koumpelis is built on a hill above a small cove. On the rocks, in the surrounding area, monks have created accommodation facilities and they have also developed rudimentary port facilities near the sea.

Agios Georgios Koumpelis currently operates as a chapel of the temple of the Holy Prophet Elias in Chania, which is situated at the location of the Venizeli family tombs, at the outskirts of the city.

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