Sklaverochori is a small picturesque village in the municipality Minoa Pediada, in the regional unit of Heraklion in Crete! It has about 70 residents. Sklaverochori is 2 km away from Kastelli and about 4 km away from the airport of Kastelli, which is under construction.
The distance from Heraklion is about 35 km. There are several routes to reach Sklaverochori from Heraklion, either passing through some small villages (e.g. Agies Paraskies, Apostoloi) or through Chersonisos. Mostlikely, the name of the village comes from the cretan word “sklaveri”, that is a bell around the neck of an animal.
What to Expect
Visiting the village, you will come across some houses with beautiful yards, consisting of several trees and flowers. You could also take a break on your road trip and get a cup of coffee at the Kafeneio of the village “O ilektrikos”. Note that the church of the village, Church of Panagia ( or Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary-Eisodia tis Theotokou) is really worth a visit!
In the interior of the church, its rich iconographic decoration dates back to the end of the 14th to the early 15th century and is kept in excellent condition. The frescoes, which belong to the Constantinople School of Hagiography, are famous for the refined classicism and the high quality bride colors.
The most of the residents of Sklaverochori are engaged in agricultural crops, producing among others honey, olive oil and wine. Some of the producers sell also their products!
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Author: Dimitra Maniou