Monasteries of Crete - Lasithi

This prefecture contributes to the rich island-wide monastic story with its old foundations – the most important and historic of which is the one at Toplou – a real fort with some unusual relics.

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The Monastery was founded between 1580 and 1596 and it is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The external courtyard features the wine press, the warehouses and the stable, while the monks' cells, the catholicon and the reservoirs are situated in the internal courtyard. 

  • location Karidi, Mirampelo, Lasithi
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period

The name of the Convent is connected to its citadel-type architecture and its location, making it seem like its hanging from the hillside.

  • location Neapolis, Mirampelo, Lasithi
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period

Agios Georgios Monastery, located in Selinari gorge, was built during the 2nd Byzantine era. The catholicon is dedicated to Saint George

  • location Vrachasi, Mirampelo, Lasithi
  • type Monastery
  • time period 2nd Byzantine Period

Panagia Akrotiriani (Our Lady of the Cape) Monastery, colloquially known as Toplou, is one of Crete’s most impressive and historic monasteries. It is a true bastion and a living museum of the island’s monastic history. 

  • location Kavo Sidero, Siteia, Lasithi
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period

Built just inside Agioi Pantes (All Saints) Canyon on Cape Trachilas, the monastery has exquisite views of the sea. Particularly noteworthy are the caves that riddle the canyon and which were once used by the monastery’s hermits.

  • location Sitia, Siteia, Lasithi
  • type Monastery
  • time period 2nd Byzantine Period

The monastery is situated at the mouth of Perivolakia Gorge. Its catholicon is a cavernous, two-aisled church dedicated to Saint John and the Holy Trinity; the monastery’s other buildings spread out around it. 

  • location Kalo Nero, Ierapetra, Lasithi
  • type Monastery
  • time period Venetian Period
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