Agia Triada Monastery Crete

agia triada monastery crete

Agia Triada Monastery Crete

Agia Triada Monastery Crete is located 16km out of Chania and 4 km from Gouverneto monastery, on the north side of the Akrotiri of peninsula.

Two brothers who were both monks, built the monastery. They were part of a Venetian-Cretan family that exerted a lot of influence during that time.

The monastery is not only one of the most impressive in Crete but it is also the largest. Originally the land in which the monastery now stands, only housed a small church on it.

The building of the monastery begun in 1611, but was disrupted by the Turkish invasion. During this time the monastery was burnt and the church’s relics were taken. It wasn’t until 1855 that the monastery was renovated and later turned into a theology school.

There are definitely some interesting points of interests for you to explore here while you are visiting. Otherwise, you can simply enjoy spending time strolling through the courtyard.

Points of interest

  1. It is interesting to note that this monastery harvests its own grapes and olives. As a result, it produces excellent wine, vinegar and olive oil products that can be purchased on site.
  2. Visit the monastery museum to see the large exhibition of woodcarvings and icons.
  3. Stroll through the library to see rare books and manuscripts.
  4. Lastly, please note that even if you are not religious, this monastery is well worth a visit. It is a lovely and peaceful area to wonder through.

Agia Triada monastery opening hours

Summer: Daily, 08:00 a.m. – Sunset
Winter: Daily, 08:00-14:00 and 16:00 – Sunset

When visiting Gouverneto Monastery, please be aware of the following:
Entrance prohibited to people inappropriately dressed
The monastery does not permit smoking or use of cameras or video cameras inside the monastery
Entrance fee 2.5€

Full list of monasteries in Crete.

See options for accommodation in Crete here.

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