Voutes

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Stop on the main road and admire the Trigiris residence, one of the most beautiful mansions in the countryside, which was turned into a command post during the German occupation in WW2. Walk in the picturesque alleys of the village, see the now derelict factories and the wells, and afterwards go uphill to the Church of Panagia (dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary)   with the beautiful view. There you can relax in the shade of the trees, but also see exhibits of folklore interest that are hosted in the exhibition hall of the parish. Relax and drink Greek coffee accompanied by sweet cherry or bergamot in one of the cafes and taste locally grown fried zucchini or eggplants in one of the taverns. Follow the path to the chapel of St. George and enjoy your food in nature, using the outdoor grill or the traditional wood-fired oven located in the courtyard. There are village festivals with traditional food, plenty of wine and live music on the eve of the Dormition of the Mother of God (August 15), on the feast of St. George (April 23) and on Pure Monday. In case you find yourself there on any of these dates, make sure not to miss them!

Monuments

 

Exhibition hall of Voutes parish

If you like traditional textiles and you are a fan of folklore, visit the exhibition hall of the parish, upon arrangement with the priest (Father Konstantinos: +30 6944157447). It hosts exhibits of rich folklore interest, such as carpets, “vourges ”, embroidery, traditional musical instruments and traditional Cretan costumes woven on the loom by the women of the village.

Trigiris residence

Visit one of the most beautiful mansions in the countryside that belonged to the family of landowner and raisin merchant Emmanuel Trigyris. Construction began in 1922 and was completed in 1926. During the German occupation (1941-1944), the residence was commandeered and turned into a command post. The house is built amphitheatrically, offering an unobstructed view to the vineyards and olive groves; it consists of three floors and includes large storage rooms, a kitchen with a sizeable oven, large bedrooms and imposing corridors. The impressive landscape paintings in the ceiling, the stained glass windows and the decorative tiles on the floor will transport you to another era. In the backyard, there is a stable, a wine press, a “kazani ” and several storage rooms, confirming the production and storage of wine and “tsikoudia ” from the past. Unfortunately, its interior is not accessible and today it is in a state of ruin.

Scenic Routes

 

Scenic route to St. George

Follow the downhill alley from the village square, pass between the vineyards and olive groves and you will meet the church of St. George with the specially designed courtyard. You should relax in the shade formed by the huge cypress and mulberry trees; if properly prepared, you can also use the wood fired oven, the outdoor grill and the cool water from the drinking fountain for a delicious meal in the green landscape. On the 23rd of August, the church celebrates and a festival is organized in the yard, where you can try the traditional “Pilafi” (=rice boiled in meat broth) with boiled meat, and pork or lamb with potatoes cooked in the wood fired oven.

Monasteries – Temples

 

Church of Panagia

Head upwards to the Church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) with the beautiful view. There you can relax in the shade of the trees, but also see objects of folklore that are hosted in the exhibition hall of the parish.

St. George

Follow the downhill alley from the village square, pass between the vineyards and olive groves and you will meet the church of St. George with the specially designed courtyard. You should relax in the shade formed by the huge cypress and mulberry trees; if properly prepared, you can also use the wood fired oven, the outdoor grill and the cool water from the drinking fountain for a delicious meal in the green landscape. On the 23rd of August, the church celebrates and a festival is organized in the yard, where you can try the traditional “Pilafi” (=rice boiled in meat broth) with boiled meat, and pork or lamb with potatoes cooked in the wood fired oven.

Gastronomy

Besides the two main products of the region, olive oil and wine, you should also try traditional cinnamon, almond or wine dunking biscuits and get traditional barley rusks or slow-fermentation sourdough bread from the village bakery. Enjoy your meal in one of the taverns and taste fried zucchini or eggplants, cultivated in the vegetable garden of the owner, accompanied by local wine.

Cottage Industry – Traditional Professions

The women of the village weave even today on a traditional loom, creating woven fabrics with love and passion. In fact, they teach young girls, keeping the traditions of the past alive. Part of the textile production is available for viewing, as well as for purchase, if you visit the exhibition hall of the parish, where, among other things, Cretan costumes are hosted.

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