Mournies is a big village about 4 km south of Chania city. It is essentially the union of a number of scattered settlements and houses in the area. The overall beauty of the village along with its proximity to Chania city, explains why so many residents of Chania city stay there, as it is essentially a fine suburb of the city. The heyday of Mournies was at the beginning of the 17th century, when many noblemen of the era built their impressive mansions there, some of which still stand today. The most known of these mansions is Villa Koukounara, which during its rich history has hosted emperors, kings and queens, among others.
In the area around Mournies you can find several interesting churches and monasteries. Among them, the most known one is the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Chrysopigi, which was founded in the end of the 16th century, during the last years of the Venetian era. The monastery is known for an abominable historical event; on Easter Day of 1821, the year of the Greek Revolution, the Turks raided the monastery and massacred all the monks, leaving it in ruins. However, in 1848 the monastery was rebuilt and attracted many new monks. Today, the monastery has converted into a convent accommodating nuns and there is a small museum with an interesting collection of religious books and artifacts.
Mournies village is also connected to Eleftherios Venizelos, the prime politician of modern Greece, as it is the place where he was born. Today, his family house has turned into a museum, which hosts many personal items of Venizelos from different times of his life.