• Villa Dimitra  
    The house is surrounded by balconies overlooking the picturesque town of Elounda and the Bay of Mirabello, it accommodates 6 pax in three different and closed bedrooms , to secure complete privacy . The beach is located 10 minutes walk away and about the same for the village of Elounda, about 1 kilometre...
     
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    The house is surrounded by balconies overlooking the picturesque town of Elounda and the Bay of Mirabello, it accommodates 6 pax in three different and closed bedrooms , to secure complete privacy . The beach is located 10 minutes walk away and about the same for the village of Elounda, about 1 kilometre...
     
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    The house is surrounded by balconies overlooking the picturesque town of Elounda and the Bay of Mirabello, it accommodates 6 pax in three different and closed bedrooms , to secure complete privacy . The beach is located 10 minutes walk away and about the same for the village of Elounda, about 1 kilometre...
     
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    The house is surrounded by balconies overlooking the picturesque town of Elounda and the Bay of Mirabello, it accommodates 6 pax in three different and closed bedrooms , to secure complete privacy . The beach is located 10 minutes walk away and about the same for the village of Elounda, about 1 kilometre...
     
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    The house is surrounded by balconies overlooking the picturesque town of Elounda and the Bay of Mirabello, it accommodates 6 pax in three different and closed bedrooms , to secure complete privacy . The beach is located 10 minutes walk away and about the same for the village of Elounda, about 1 kilometre...
     
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Andreadaki 8
Iraklion, Crete, Greece
GR-71202

Tel: +30 2810 226333
+30 28410 41717
Mob: +30 6936513683
Fax: +30 2810 226333
e-mail:

info@traditional-homes.gr

Description of home "Dimitra"
 

The large outside door allows you to enter the small courtyard, in front of you is the small swimming pool and on the left the proper entrance of the house . On the left is a comfortable sleeping room with a twin bed and on the right a complete bathroom ( with bath ).


The wooden stairs directs you to the mezzasine floor , and on the right is a sleeping room with two single beds of 1930 style, and on the left is another sleeping room with a large iron matrimonial bed of same age and style.

The stairs continue to the first floor where it exists a complete kitchen, with A large Monasterial table to sit 6 pax further and next to the corridor is a small bathroom, followed by ample size sitting room.

 

The house is surrounded by balconies overlooking the picturesque town of Elounda and the Bay of Mirabello, it accommodates 6 pax in three different and closed bedrooms , to secure complete privacy .

 

Location:

The beach is located 10 minutes walk away and about the same for the village of Elounda, about 1 kilometre.

History of "Dimitra"
 

The Venetian occupation of the island ended in the 14th century when Ibraim Pasha, acting as Supreme General of the Ottoman Empire, took possession. For 400 consecutive years, Crete suffered the Turkish suppressive occupation. Contrary to the Venetian occupying forces, who promoted free language and religion, the Turks prohibited both. For the entire period of Turkish occupation Language was taught in 'Secret Schools' and Religious rites were observed in small obscure Churches scattered in the mountains. When these Houses were under construction, a fascinating discovery was made.


An iron Christian Cross wrapped in a cloth was found within a wall as well as a number of Icons. These Icons are now, prominently displayed on the same wall in the Houses of EFTERPI and DIMITRA. Legends handed down through the generations have told us that on this site was a prominent Church dedicated to PROPHITIS ELIAS (the Prophet Eli), which had been constructed long before the Venetian period. It is probable that the Church being on the top of a hill overlooking Elounda/Elous, had served the Religious needs of the inhabitants of the region. The Church was burnt down and destroyed, by the Turks, at the beginning of the 15th century and was never reconstructed. A new, but smaller Church dedicated to PROPHITIS ELIAS, built in 1950, can be found just 50 metres away.


No engravings of the original Church have been found. The site came into the possession of the Mavrikakis family, who were the first to settle in the area, which in turn led to the village being named Mavrikiano. Descendants of the original family sold this property to ANEMOS LTD in 1999, who undertook the reconstruction with reverence to its history and the environment.

 

Dear Guest,

You are indeed living in a Church and we trust that this will be an unforgettable experience!