Agios Myron is built on a site where the ancient city of Rafkos used to be located and is named after Bishop Myron, who was born and active in this area from the 3rd to the 4th century (250-350 AD). In the center of the village and in a place with unobstructed views, there is the homonymous church, the tomb and the relics of the Saint. Wander the picturesque alleys of the village, where the old coexists harmoniously with the new, admire the panoramic view and the samples of traditional architecture, the most characteristic being the school clock and also the stone fountains, which are associated with myths and traditions of the past.
Do not forget to try traditional delicacies along with local wine or “raki ” in the taverns or cafes of the village. If you love sweets, it is worth visiting the women’s cooperative, where you can sample as well as purchase “xerotigana ”, “moustalevria” cheese pies with sweet “mizithra ”, rusks and many more delicacies made from local products, following old traditional recipes.
In Agios Myronas, events are organized in honor of the Patron Saint on 7 & 8 August; multi-day cultural events, the “Rafkia” also take place every year (1-8 August). So, if you are there any of these days do not hesitate to join! (grilled souvlaki skewers and steaks are served)
Monuments to Georgios I. Makrakis and Michael G. Hatzakis
Follow the village’s cobbled main street and you will reach the square with the underground church of Agia Fotini and the two monuments dedicated to George Makrakis and Michael Hatzakis, who came from Agios Myronas and participated in several liberation struggles. Specifically, Makrakis participated in the liberation struggles of Crete (1889-1896-1897), in the revolution of Therissos (1905) and in the Macedonian Struggle (1912), where he was killed in the battle of Liapsisti in 1912; rebel leader “Captain” Michael Hatzakis participated in the struggles of 1895-1897. Keep walking and a little further you will find the house of the latter, which has been restored and the lintels on the windows of the 1st floor are preserved in good condition, as is the flag case in the shape of stone hands.
Spiritual Center of the Parish of St. Myron
Visit the restored factory building located in the courtyard of the church of Agios Myronas, where today the spiritual center is housed. Inside you will see an old well, from where in the past water was drawn for the grinding of the olives, while the arch and windows are preserved in excellent condition. Just outside are two millstones, with which they used to crush the olive fruit in the past, as well as stone troughs, where the olive oil was collected.
Exhibition hall of St. Myron‘s parish (ecclesiastical)
Visit the Parish Exhibition Hall located in the courtyard of the church of Agios Myronas. In the past, the building operated as a Greek school, while today it has been converted into a lending library. The space also exhibits ecclesiastical items and items of reverence, such as icons, rosaries, etc.
Gate of an old cemetery in Agios Myron
Go up to the Holy Temple dedicated to the Lord’s Transfiguration and St. Charalambos and you will see the particularly impressive gate of the old cemetery. According to the inscription at the entrance of the church, on 08/08/1866, the feast day of Saint Myron, the Cretan Sacred Band was consecrated in this church, marking the official beginning of the revolution in Malevizi. The courtyard area has been designed in such a way as to host the events that take place in the village. Admire the unobstructed view to all directions and relax in the shade formed by the tall pine trees.
Venetian stone-built spring in the district of “Kato Vrisi”
In the district of “Kato Vrisi”, you will find a Venetian stone-built spring.
Monasteries – Temples
Church of St. Myron
The majestic church of St. Myron is built in the center of the village where an Early Christian Basilica was situated (4th-7th century AD). The large arch of the basilica with the synthronon is preserved. In the interior of the church, there is the tomb of the Saint containing his relics.
In the courtyard of the church, there is the chapel of St. Nektarios, in the interior of which the holy vestment of the Saint is kept. Visit the restored building of the old “fabrica” (factory) which functions as a Spiritual Center, as well as the Parish Exhibition Hall, which has now been converted into a lending library and exhibits handicrafts and items of reverence. (Father Nikolaos +30 6944373497).
Going down the slope of the mountain from the west side you will find a small rock cave, where the Saint lived as a Monk. Apart from the stone bed, where Saint Myron died, you will see the Holy Water spring and a fossilized form resembling the Dragon that are associated with a miracle of the Saint, from the time he was a priest.
According to tradition, one day a dragon approached the village from the north, with the result that the inhabitants began to abandon it. The Saint, after praying, petrified it and the Christians returned to their homes, thanking God and the Saint. Nowadays, the dragon’s tail can still be seen in the northwestern part of the village, while its head is in the southwestern part, right inside the cave where Holy Water flows, which sprang after a prayer of the Saint in a period of drought and remains at the same level to this day.
Holy Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior and Saint Charalambos
Head up to the Holy Temple of the Transfiguration of the Savior and Saint Charalambos and you will see the particularly impressive gate of the old cemetery. According to the inscription at the entrance of the church, on 08/08/1866, the feast day of Saint Myron, the Cretan Sacred Band was consecrated in this church, marking the official beginning of the revolution in Malevizi. The courtyard area has been designed in such a way as to host the events that take place in the village. Admire the unobstructed view to all directions and relax in the shade formed by the tall pine trees.
The area is especially known for the production of “tsikoudia ” and wine. If you want to see the traditional way of making “raki ”, you should visit, upon arrangement, one of the “rakokazana ”. The women’s cooperative is also worth a visit, where you will have the opportunity to sample as well as purchase famous “xerotigana ”, spoon sweets, “kalitsounia ” and countless other delicacies, made with pure ingredients by women of the village, following traditional recipes.