The Shrine

The Preveli Memorial was officially founded on May 18th, 2001 and unveiled on May 25th, 2002.
The Architect Chryssoula Stavrianoudaki designed the Memorial which was constructed by local technicians. Mrs Stavrianoudaki made the sculptures too.

The land used for the memorial is an open and flat site, high above the beach on the road to Preveli Monastery, and 1,8 kms from the monastery itself.

The construction was implemented on an area of 2000 m2 plottage, on 4 levels, and followed the natural bas relief of the ground. Plaques and stones used are from the area to be in keeping with the environment.

The sculptural syntheses is composed by 2 sculptures of human being size and a headstone engraved with the flags of Greece, Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom. The first sculpture shows the Abbot of the Preveli Monastery on 1941 Agathangelos Lagouvardos armed , and the second a soldier of the Allies.
This realistic conjectural structure is referring to the historical facts and will remind in perpetuity the struggles of the Cretan people for its freedom and the collaboration with any nation worldwide, who believes on the ideals of democracy and freedom.
It is a conveyor of ideology, remembrance, message and communication and we hope that many people will visit it, and spend a few moments in quiet contemplation.
More photos from the Memorial can be found at the image gallery page.