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Culture

Monasteries, churches, relics, ancient palaces, museums, so much of Crete's glorious past to be marveled at today. Just a taste on this page to be enjoyed at your leisure.

Arkady Katholiko


In 1866 the Abbot of the monastery decided to fire all the gunpowder in the monastery magazine, blowing up a large part of the buildings and 943 women and children who were taking shelter from the Turkish rule. Many of the Turkish soldiers were also kill

In 1866 the Abbot of the monastery decided to fire all the gunpowder in the monastery magazine, blowing up a large part of the buildings and 943 women and children who were taking shelter from the Turkish rule.  Many of the Turkish soldiers were also kill

Arsani Monastery


On the road to Arkady

On the road to Arkady

Agia Triada Monastery


A particular favourite of our family Agia Triada or Holy Trinity Monastery. This is a beautiful monastery and well worth the visit. Don’t forget to visit the cellars where you may even get a free wine tasting. After your visit, carry along the road for 5

 A particular favourite of our family Agia Triada or Holy Trinity Monastery. This is a beautiful monastery and well worth the visit. Don’t forget to visit the cellars where you may even get a free wine tasting. After your visit, carry along the road for 5

St John the Hermit


Remains of the Katholiko which proves a monastery existed at some time.

Remains of the Katholiko which proves a monastery existed at some time.

Prevelli Monastery


The monastery was probably founded in the Middle Ages, during the occupation of Crete by the Republic of Venice, its founder being a feudal lord named Prevelis. It developed over several centuries as a religious and cultural centre for the local populatio

The monastery was probably founded in the Middle Ages, during the occupation of Crete by the Republic of Venice, its founder being a feudal lord named Prevelis. It developed over several centuries as a religious and cultural centre for the local populatio

Our Lady of Gonia Monastery


Today dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin (feast day: August 15), the monastery was founded in the 9th century and was originally dedicated to St. George. It was originally situated at Menies on the ruins of the ancient temple of Artemis Britomarti

 Today dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin (feast day: August 15), the monastery was founded in the 9th century and was originally dedicated to St. George. It was originally situated at Menies on the ruins of the ancient temple of Artemis Britomarti

Chrysoskalitissa Monastery


The Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa is built on a rock at the south-west end of Crete. The church of the monastery is dedicated to Mother Mary and the Holy Trinity and its feast is held on August 15 (Dekapendavgoustos). If you are travelling to Elafonisi yo

The Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa is built on a rock at the south-west end of Crete. The church of the monastery is dedicated to Mother Mary and the Holy Trinity and its feast is held on August 15 (Dekapendavgoustos). If you are travelling to Elafonisi yo

Minoan Palace Phaestos


The ruins that overlook the Mesara Plain were first formed as a Minoan palace about 2000 bc. Destroyed by an earthquake at about the same time as the main palace at Knossos which is thought to be circa 1600 bc, the palace like Knossos was rebuilt until fi

The ruins that overlook the Mesara Plain were first formed as a Minoan palace about 2000 bc. Destroyed by an earthquake at about the same time as the main palace at Knossos which is thought to be circa 1600 bc, the palace like Knossos was rebuilt until fi

Minoan Palace Knossos


Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and is considered Europe's oldest city. The name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the major city of Crete. The identification of Knossos with the Bronze Age site is supported

Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and is considered Europe's oldest city.  The name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the major city of Crete. The identification of Knossos with the Bronze Age site is supported

Turkish Fort, Aptera


The small village of Aptera, once known as Megala Chorafia but has changed its name back to the ancient name. Aptera is an amazing place to visit, especially during April to early May as the poppies and daisies make the most beautiful landscape. There is

The small village of Aptera, once known as Megala Chorafia but has changed its name back to the ancient name. Aptera is an amazing place to visit, especially during April to early May as the poppies and daisies make the most beautiful landscape. There is

Chania Museum


Usually a museum is not the best place to visit whilst on vacation, unless of course you like museums. Chania museum on Halidon Street that leads to the old port is built on the site of the monastery of St Francis of Assissi. There are some very ancient s

Usually a museum is not the best place to visit whilst on vacation, unless of course you like museums. Chania museum on Halidon Street that leads to the old port is built on the site of the monastery of St Francis of Assissi. There are some very ancient s

Cathedral of Assumption


Roman Catholic church Chania

Roman Catholic church Chania