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Iera Moni Toplou

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Address: | Toplou, Sitia, Crete 72300, Greece

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A quiet, historical, beautiful abbey. Definately worthy of your time and attention! Pay a visit to the wine department as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Regia1329
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Athens, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Great location for a Byzantine Monastery. Visit and you might feel like praying, faithful or not! Some property problems with the locals, as usual, but it is not what you should be looking for. Check the architecture, get in the Temple and enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unique place.Wonderfull architecture.Historic monument Important for the poor farmers due to the olive oil and wine production facilities of the monastery.Toplou olive oil and Toplou wine are excellent and became strong brand

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quiet, historical, beautiful abbey. Definately worthy of your time and attention! Pay a visit to the wine department as well.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mostly a museum, a restaurant and a shop than a religious place. We didn't visit the winery next to the church. Not a place to pray

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This monastery is located in the very Eastern part of Crete, near Sitia. It comes highly recommended in many guides. However, there is not that much to see, both inside and outside, The inside collections are interesting, but nothing that you cannot see elsewhere, The monastery itself is small, much restored and many areas are closed to the public. So... More 

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California Hot Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Very nicely laid out and maintained, an hour well spent as you wander through the religious history of the area.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

This is worth stopping at for a little bit of Cretan ecclesiastical history. The monastery is small with an interesting little museum. The biggest attraction is the remarkably detailed and large icon in the Church, which is deservedly well-known. Some nice icons for sale in the shop, and a small cafe as well.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

The only parts of the monastery open to the public are, some unkempt gardens, shop, cafe, small courtyard and museum containing etchings and some old guns and knives. If you enjoy these type of things ok, otherwise beware of the €3 entry fee to see very little inside

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Thank John T
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Deciding to get away from the beach resorts we drove around the Palekastro area up to Bai and Itanos and came back via M.Toplou. We came upon this impressive Church and monastary and whilst we were unable to go in it was quite breath taking. When we return next year we plan to visit again

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Moni Toplou is listed in the guide books as a place to visit to look at icons and also to purchase award wining olive oil, honey and wines. The journey by road is picturesque and worthwhile, travelling east from Sitia. We did not see evidence of any monks though they may have been cloistered away working. The front desk was... More 

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