Culture & Religion

Agia Triada Monastery

Visit the Monastery of Agia Triada Tsagarolon in Chania. The Monastery of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) Tsagarolon is located about 20 km northeast of Chania town, in the peninsula Aktorini. This is an impressive monastery and in fact, it is the largest of all monasteries in Crete. Its architecture has elements of the Venetian and the Cretan Renaissance style and a rather austere style. A big yard is found in the center and a couple of beautiful chapels are included within the Monastery.

Gouverneto Monastery

Visit the historical Monastery of Gouverneto in Kolimbari, Chania Crete: The Monastery of Gouverneto, or Our Lady of the Angels, is located on the northern side of the Akrotiri peninsula, 19 km from Chania and 4 km from the Monastery of Agia Triada Tsagarolon. This is considered among the oldest monasteries in Crete as it was established in 1537.

Gonia Monastery

Visit the Monastery of Gonia (Panagia Odighitria) in Kolimbari, Chania Crete. The Monastery of Gonia (Panagia Odigitria) is located 26 km from Chania Town and 2,5 km from Kolimbari, on a hill overlooking the Cretan Sea. The monastery was originally founded by the Zealots Monks around the 9th century and it was originally dedicated to Saint George.

Chrisoskalitissa Monastery

Visit the Monastery of Panagia Chrissoskalitissa in Chania. The historical Monastery of Panagia Chrissoskalitissa is located on the southwestern side of Chania, on the way to Elafonisi village. It is actually a lovely traditional settlement with a few permanent inhabitants. The white monastery lies on top of a cliff right above the beach of Elafonisi and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its name Chrissoskalitissa means golden steps and the tradition has it that one of the 90 steps that lead to the monastery is golden but only people with a pure heart can see it.

The Venetian Lighthouse

The port of Chania is one of the busiest places during the day and the most romantic spot at night. The beautiful Venetian lighthouse is ideally located at the extreme end of the pier, at the entrance of the port and is considered to be the symbol of Chania.

Museum of Typography

The Typography Museum in Chania is located in the Park of Local Industries, close to Souda village. The museum was inaugurated in 2005 by the initiative of the journalist Giannis Garedakis, publisher of the local newspaper Haniotika Nea. The founder and at the same time inspirator of the museum provides an impressive collection of typography tools and interesting exhibits including old devices used from the 19th century to this day.

The Maritime Museum of Crete

The Maritime Museum of Crete is housed at the Venetian Firka fortress, placed at the entrance of the old harbor in Chania. This location has historical importance because on December, 1st, 1913, the Greek flag was raised there and signaled the unification of Crete with the Greek state. The initial idea behind the museum was to build a place that would depict the Greek naval tradition and especially the naval history of Crete.

New Archaeological Museum

The Museum has been housed in the church of the Venetian Monastery of St Francis since 1963. The exhibits illustrate the cultural history and character of the area through the ages, from the Neolithic period to the Roman era. The exhibition hall is divided widthwise into two major sections. The east wing contains finds of the Late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age (Minoan era), while the west wing presents antiquities dated to the Iron Age (Historic era).


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