Before the new National Road from Chania to Heraklion was built in the beginning of 1970, the area of Bali and the adjacent mountain was known for its ascetic caves, monasteries and churches. Here they were safe from the pirates, the area was almost uninhabited, visitors very rare.
The monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos in the area Atali of Bali
is a monastery from the 17th century. The Catholicon, the Church, is located here, for once not in the center of the monastery, but separately in the eastern part. Under one of the church domes frescoes have been preserved.
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