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Moni Toplou Monastery

Sitia, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #2 of 4 attractions in Sitia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The serene beauty and tranquility?Nothing to dislike, how could there be? As with all monasteries, far from the madding and maddening crowd( with a apologies to Thomas Hardy)

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I suspect that this is visited by people on the "way to" somewhere else. And that's about right - don't go out of your way to visit.

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Milan, Italy
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126 reviews 126 reviews
39 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The Toplou monastery with its imposing belfry, 33 metres high, stands in a harsh, almost desert landscape and it is one of the first wind farms in Crete. Impressive from afar, looks like a small fortress surrounded by a 10-metre-high wall and maybe thanks to them it is the the only surviving example of the many monasteries, large or small,... More

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London UK
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This monastery is very pretty and compact and has plenty of the usual Greek Orthodox icons and ecclesiastical art, etc. The museum area has quite a lot of interesting books, prints and war time memorabilia so it could be a good place to linger out of a rain shower; there is also a large gifts shop with a mainly religious... More

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Sitia, Greece
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

First of all, I have to say that I live very close to the monastery and I visit the area many times during the year. Calm surroundings, virgin nature, traditional monastery. On the way to Vai forest of palm trees, although a rather difficult road if you are coming for the first time, about 20 minutes drive from Sitia. there... More

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St. John's, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is a must-see in Crete! The architecture and especially the museum of wildly creepy religious artefacts..... awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

The Monastery is really a peaceful place to visit and in a lovely tranquil location. There is a lovely shop inside to buy many things and natural ingredients like honey and olive oil which is made on the premises. The cafe restaurant is wonderful as all the food is home grown and tasty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is a beautiful Monastery, calm and quiet surroundings, well worth a visit, there is also a lovely little 'Taverna' to sample freshly cook Cretan Cuisine

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Crete, Greece
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Finally got to see inside one of the old windmills. :) The monastery was lovely, cost 2 euros to get in but not a bad deal. The small museum had some lovely etchings, elaborate embroidered robes and even weaponry used against Turks and Nazis. We went before 11am and there were only a handful of people, when we returned from... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

It was nice but actually once we saw the interior I have asked my husband where the actual entrance is... I thought it was just an antechamber... But no, it was the whole attraction...

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