The Post Byzantine monastery of Agios Valsamitis was built on the site of an earlier church dating from the 9th century AD. The foundation myth surrounding this location is that lepers from a pirate ship, whilst escaping from Chora, came upon a spring with mint growing nearby. They settled there and after a while their leprosy disappeared. News of this spread. Reinforced by an icon of Saint George being found amongst the mint a church was built there dedicated to Saint George. Romantic stories aside, the spring was in pre-Christian times famous for its healing and prophetic properties and the site of a sanctuary. Having fallen into ruin it was rebuilt in 1688 and again in 1796. The sacred water runs into a bowl within the church and the priests would read a person destiny by examining a glass of water using unwritten rules passed verbally. From Valsamitis a path runs to the ancient city of Minoa.
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