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Moni Odigitrias

Moni Odigitrias is a Monastery in Mires in Heraklion in the Crete Region of Greece.Moni Odigitrias is also a Settlement and an Archaeological site.

The Odigitria Monastery has important icons and vestments on display. The Tower of Xopateras (ex-father) to the left of the entrance is named after a hero of the Mesara area, Ioannis Markakis. Markakis, a former priest, defended himself and his family in the tower with a small number of people against thousands of Turks.

Eventually the Turks killed them all and beheaded Markakis.