A Day Trip to Agia Triada and Gouverneto Monastery
The Monastery of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity), or Tzagarolon, is one of the most impressive and charming monasteries in Crete.
It is located about 20 km northeast of Chania town, in the peninsula Akrotiri, very close to Chania Airport and only 30 minutes from Airis Boutique Hotel and Suites.
The Monastery of Agia Triada Tzagarolon was built in 1634 by the nobles Lawrence Tzagarolo and Jeremiah. The name was taken by the great Veneto-Cretan Tzagarolos family, which had a great influence on the local Orthodox and Catholic communities.
It is a square building complex and there is a big yard in the center. A couple of beautiful chapels are built inside and, in the south, there is a library. The Monastery also produces its own wine, olive oil, honey, and tsikoudia.
Today, after the numerous historical adventures, the Monastery continues to play an important role in the religious and economic life of Crete.
When you go to Agia Triada you can combine a visit to Gouverneto Monastery, which is only a few minutes away.
Gouverneto Monastery or Lady of Angels is one of the oldest monasteries of Crete, as it was built in 1537.
The Monastery is a typical example of the orthodox monastic architecture and it looks like a Venetian fortress. It is formed of a rectangular precinct, with the Catholicon in the middle.
After 20 minutes of walking from the Monastery, you can explore the famous cave of Panagia Arkoudiotissa (“Bear Cave”). A legend says that a bear was turned into a rock, as it was drinking the water of the monks. After that, you reach the Katholiko Monastery of Saint John the Hermit that dates from the 17th century. Taking the last path, you will discover small coves with crystal water that used to be shelter in the past.
A tip for this day trip is to begin early in the morning and have enough water with you, a hat, and sunscreen!