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Old Church

Villa with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and shared pool in Elounda, Greece

From £968 per week

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Villa to rent in Elounda, Crete

  • Villa
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shared pool
  • Balcony / terrace
  • Open fire

Villa overview - owner's description

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

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 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! An external staircase leads to the upper floor and an ample sized balcony with views of the area.In the main room, there are two single beds and a fireplace, to the left a fully equipped kitchen and on the right is the small bathroom with Jacuzzi. The master bedroom is up a few steps and contains an old double bed, c 1920. Cartwheels dating back to the beginning of the last century have been transformed into the main lighting. Kitchen utensils are copies of originals and the plates are of a type still in use in most villages of Crete.
The pool and summer kitchen are shared with the House of ERATO.

The House can accommodate four adults in separate rooms.

There is evidence handed down through the generations that there was a church on this site many years ago.

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


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This villa is:

15km from the nearest beach 2km from the nearest bar 15km from the nearest restaurant 15km from the nearest supermarket 60km from Heraklion airport

Local activities

Boat hire 15km Fishing 15km Sailling 15km Swimming 15km Water skiing 15km Wind surfing 15km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 15km Shopping 15km

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Outside this villa in Elounda, Crete
This villa is in a village and in a quiet area. It has a shared pool and a balcony. Car hire is recommended as the villa is less than a 15 minute walk to at least a couple of shops, bars and restaurants; however parking is not available.

Prices and availability

Updated 1 October 2016

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2 bedrooms, Sleeps 4:

  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds


1 bathroom

Swimming pool

Shared pool


Living area seats 4, Dining area seats 4, Open fire, Car hire recommended


Cooker, Fridge, Glassware, Pots / pans


Balcony or terrace

Suitable for

Infants, Smoking


Average rating from 19 reviews

Property Manager From Heraklion, Greece Member since Feb 2007

Past bookings: 115 bookings

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Number of properties: 383

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