Our tour starts with a visit to the Monastery of Holy Trinity (Agia Triada).
The Monastery of Agia Triada is the largest and most impressive Monastery of Crete. Its Architecture is the perfect example of the Cretan Renaissance. It’s well known for the stunning natural surroundings, as the Church and monastery are surrounded by Olive Groves, Vineyards and Cypress Trees. This is an active monastery, that grows and exports their own produce, including extra virgin olive oil, honey, vinegar, wine as well as homemade soap. The monastery has also a garden with a variety of herbs and plants, as well as a small museum with artifacts and historical items.
Please note the dress code of the Monastery and make use of loose and long scarves to cover-up, before entering the grounds.
In their owned premises, which include an olive oil mill and a winery, you will taste their local Olive Oil and several varieties of fine local wine!
Our next stop will be the picturesque town of Chania, where you will have the opportunity to wander around the wonderful Venetian Harbour and discover the old buildings, museums, churches and crafts shops of the old town.
Inclusions - Exclusions
Private Tours are personal and flexible just for you and your party.
Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history [Not licensed to accompany you in any site]
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Tour of the Winery & the Olive Oil Farm
Transport by private vehicle
Entrance Fee at the Monastery of Agia Triada (4€ per person)
Olive Oil & Wine tasting (18€ per person)
Licensed Tour guide upon request depending on availability [Additional cost]
Agia Triada Monastery
The monastery, whose name means “Holy Trinity”, was built in the 17th century by two brothers of the Venetian Zangaroli family on the site of a pre-existing church. The monks produce and sell wine and olive oil on the premises.
The church is built in the Byzantine architectural cruciform style with three domes. The main church is flanked by two smaller domed chapels, one of which is dedicated to the Life-Giving Spring (Zoodochos Pigi) and the other to Saint John the Theologian.
The main church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and the church has a narthex at the front set at right angles to the main aisle. There are two large Doric-style columns and one smaller, Corinthian-style column on either side of the main entrance. The facade of the church has double columns of Ionian and Corinthian style and bears an inscription in Greek, which is dated to 1631. The monastery’s cellar door is dated to 1613. In the 19th century the monastery was established as an important theological school from 1833, and the belfry is dated to 1864. The monastery was later extensively damaged during conflicts with the Turks and in 1892, a seminary was established.
The monastery also has a library which contains some rare books, and a museum which contains a collection of icons and a collection of codices. Important exhibits include a portable icon of St John the Theologian dated to around 1500, The Last Judgment, work of Emmanuel Skordiles from 17th century, St John the Precursor (1846), The Tree of Jesse (1853), The Hospitality of Abraham and The Descent into Hades (1855), The Story of Beauteaus Joseph (1858) and a manuscript on a parchment roll with the mass of St Basil.
Chania is a picturersque city on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete. It’s known for its 14th-century Venetian harbor, narrow streets and waterfront restaurants. At the harbor entrance is a 16th-century lighthouse with Venetian, Egyptian and Ottoman influences. Opposite, the Nautical Museum has model ships, naval objects and photographs. The former monastery of St. Francis houses the Archaeological Museum of Chania
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