The Monastery is known as Metohi Veni (or Metohi Agios Antonios) and belongs to the Holy Monastery of Arkadi. It is located in the village of Amari, at the top of the Veni hill (uphill in Cretan) and is built in a deep cave that is divided into 2 parts. It is a Byzantine building. At the time of the Venetian rule, it was the seat of the revolutionary Hortazis (family of the 13th century). It is said that during the years of the Turkish occupation, under a plane tree of the monastery, the provosts gathered and made decisions about their next moves. For this reason, the place was called "Pnyka of Crete". The Turks, to limit the gatherings, burned the monastery at least three times. Inside the cavernous church you can see the white wooden iconostasis and the ceiling from which miraculous holy water constantly flows. Outside there is an enclosure with monks' cells. The Monastery is currently out of order.
Editor: Niki Kalopaidis