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Iera Moni Toplou

| Toplou, Sitia, Crete 72300, Greece
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Great visit

Visited both major parts, the winery and the monastery itself. The winery has a tasting room and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Go Early

Really wonderful ancient monastery steeped in history with a fabulous museum and exhibits. Well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
James L
Hereford, United Kingdom
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| Toplou, Sitia, Crete 72300, Greece
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited both major parts, the winery and the monastery itself. The winery has a tasting room and offers a variety of wine tasting combined with light snacks starting at €5. This is your chance to pick up local wine as very little of it is...More

Thank smrgeog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really wonderful ancient monastery steeped in history with a fabulous museum and exhibits. Well worth the very scenic drive and easy parking. Be sure to visit the winery and olive oil factory for a tasting or two! Go early as it gets really busy although...More

Thank James L
Reviewed October 31, 2016

The interior of the monastery is absolutely worth a visit to see the interior and icons which are magnificent. The wine from the gift shop is pretty good!

Thank ubudman
Reviewed October 30, 2016

Although Toplou is about half an hour's slow drive from Sitia (12 to 15 miles) it is well worth the effort to go. The monastery itself is interesting architecturally, the historical exhibits are well displayed and varied and, at the end of your visit, the...More

1  Thank Edwin H
Reviewed September 26, 2016

A person or family, could easily spend an entire day at the monastery with an overall cheap and enjoyable experience. For example, one could start of by attending a service at the monastery in the morning. Then, have an fantastic meal at the cafe or...More

Thank totti19922016
Reviewed September 8, 2016

This place looks more like a fortification than a monastery from the outside.Inside one can visit the church and a small museum. Wouldn't drive out here just for the monastery, but it is more or less on the way to the eastern shore of Crete....More

Thank Aggie0815
Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Out of two weeks lazing around from one beach a short drive away or another we decided on a marathon (or two world record marathon) trip around eastern Crete. After enduring and admiring the windy mountain roads from Makry Gialos to Zakros then down again...More

Thank Sarah F
Reviewed August 30, 2016

This monastery has one monk -- the abbot -- who has turned this lovely Venetian-era monastery into a money-making machine. There's a cafe, a winery (organic, of course), a vast gift shop, and the entrance fee. There are some nice bits to it, including the...More

Thank Radish_Spirit
Reviewed August 28, 2016

nice place to visit but it seems more than a bussines that a holy church. Give to this place a chance to visit.

Thank katiee967009
Reviewed August 26, 2016

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.

Thank Dimitra M
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quand le monastère peut-il être visité ? (jours et horaire) merci pour la réponse henri
February 9, 2017|
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Response from nhb49 | Reviewed this property |
Bonjour De 9h00 à 13h00 et de 14h00 à 18h00
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