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“absolutely worth visiting!!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Moni Toplou Monastery

Moni Toplou Monastery
Sitia, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Sitia
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Sitia, Greece
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“absolutely worth visiting!!!”
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 is the monastery with religious museum, a small tourist shop with souvenirs and cretan products like olive oil and honey. There is a small cafe - taverna where you can taste the traditional cretan cousine, unfortunately not many dishes. If you do go, don't forget to taste sweet fruit preserves (gliko tou koutaliou) pear, mandarin, orage triantafyllo (rose petals). Believe me you will come back again just for this. All dishes and sweets are made from freshly picked products from their own garden by the owners.

Near the monastery there is the Toplou winery for the raki/tsikoudia and wine lovers. Biological products with wonderfull taste from biological grapes. There is also the Toplou oil factory (biological olive oil). All the above products have been awarded prizes. I should not foget the Toploy monastery honey that I love and eat everyday in my breakfast.

If you are the religious type (Greek orthodox), you will enjoy your visit even more and you will leave with a calmness in your soul, the church and the museum are wonderfull. But if you visit the church on Easter time...absolutely divine!
Absolutely worth visiting!

Visited March 2014
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“Beautiful”
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.

Visited September 2013
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“Monastery”
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.

Visited September 2013
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“Toplou Monastery”
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

Visited May 2013
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“A nice stop on the way to Vai”
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 Vai at the end of the day the Monastery parking lot was full.

Visited August 2013
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