Monasteries of Crete - Chania

Historical buildings, shining examples of architecture from the renowned Cretan Renaissance, with rare manuscripts and relics of the past ages, connected with history and the Cretan revolutionary past.


This is situated at Akrotiri, a location planted with olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees. Architecturally it is one of the most important examples of the Cretan Renaissance.

  • location Akrotiri, Chania, Chania
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period

The Guverneto Monastery is situated at the northeast end of Akrotiri, on a location full of lentisks, thyme, wild olive trees and carob trees.  It is one of the oldest monasteries of Akrotiri.

  • location Akrotiri (northest end), Chania, Chania
  • type Monastery
  • time period 2nd Byzantine Period, Venetian Period

The Convent of Chrysopigi, just outside Chania, is dedicated to Mother Mary, the Life-Giving Font (Panagia Zoodochos Pigi). The convent is built like a fortress and it was founded as a monastery by Ioannis Chartophylakas, at the end of the 16th century

  • location Agia Kiriaki (Chania), Chania, Chania
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period

It is situated near the village of Kolymbari and it is one of the best preserved monasteries on Crete; it looks like a fort and has a three apse Catholicon church and two chapels. 

  • location Kolymbari, Platanias, Chania
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period

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). 

  • location Elafonissi, Kisamos, Chania
  • type Monastery
  • time period Ottoman Period

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