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...but the views across The Gulf of Mirabello from this remote monastery justify the effort and risk. The fortified building remains home to a few monks who seem adjusted to visitors. We saw only two other vsitors whilst we were there.
The road up to the monastery is paved and protected with side-barriers. The monastery itself is a very quiet place with a lovely view over the bay. Once inside the monastery you can climb a few stairs to the top to enjoy the view and...More
We drove from Hersonissos especially to visit the monastery and it was all closed. Fabulous views but the long drive up twisting and turning hairpin bends wasn’t really worth it! Not sure if the monastery is permanently closed but I would recommend checking before visiting.
One of the most stunning views when in Crete. Every drivers dream of a road to get there and the icing on the cake is this gem of a monastery right at the top of the mountain beautifully kept by very welcoming monks. Must do...More
One of the greatest historical monasteries of Crete, the Monastery of Faneromeni is built into a hillside at an altitude of 450 m over the Minoan city of Gournia. That is why it is widely known as the "Notre Dame Goyrniwn". The year of Foundation...More
Crete is festooned with churches and monasteries and you can only do so many but this one is worth the effort if only to imagine the effort, expertise and sheer hard work it must have been for the monks to not only build, but for...More
The drive up to the monastery is lovely; winding roads (well paved), great views and goat herds along the road and hillside. The monastery is well kept and beautiful. The caretaker gave us a private tour and showed us the chapel inside the cave and...More