Agalianos

Agalianos is the village in the prefecture of Rethymno located on the road leading to Spili, more than 40 km far from the city of Rethymno.

Built on a slope in the middle of a verdant landscape at an altitude of 280 meters, the Agalianos village stands.

According to the locals, during the Ottoman rule, Agalianos was a property of Aga of Lianos, who was slim as a person. Some others mention that whoever visited this place, would calm down due to natural serenity of the landscape.

In the past, the Agalianos village was besieged many times by the pirates, who burnt the settlement and slaughtered the villagers or took them as slaves. Those, who survived, built a new settlement far from the dangerous coasts.

There had been no church in the Agalianos village for many years, until the church of Agios Spyridonas was constructed in 1893. A draw was used to name the church after this particular Saint. Other churches of the area are the church of Agios Antonios, which is carved in the rock for its biggest part with an icon of the Last Supper in the Sanctuary, and the church of Agia Kyriaki.