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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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The monastery is intact, rather than ruins, and contains some interesting relics, artifacts and artwork. The staff seemed very grumpy and severe which was a shame. Having seen it we probably wouldn't go again, but we don't regret going. It's owrth a visit if you're passing by on the way to Vai or Itanos beach, but don't make a special... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Impressive icons! Strikingly unfriendly and unhelpful staff :( With lovely café and their staff were delightful!

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Karditsa, Greece
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We visited this site while traveling to Vai beach. We didn't even know about it, but we show the sings and stopped. The monastery is well preserved and in very nice location. Inside you can see many relics and historical items and also check the architectural elements. It is an 100% recommended short visit for anyone who travels in this... More

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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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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
101 helpful votes 101 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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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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