Monastery of Kremasta
Monastery of Kremasta
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The Monastery of Kremasta or Kremasti is located 14km north of Agios Nikolaos town, on the road to the village of Vrysses and the Lasithi Plateau. This beautifully situated monastery on the slope of Kavalaras hill overlooks the town of Neapolis which is only 3km away. It is built at an altitude of 397 m. and gives the impression that it is hanging, hence its name Kremasta which means "hanging" in Greek. The monastery is dedicated to Archangels Michael and Gabriel and celebrates on 8 November.
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K Amaya Li
Burntwood, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We visited at the beginning of the June. Beautiful monastery and the nuns were very welcoming and knowledgeable. We learnt a lot about its history. Would highly recommend visiting and also looking at all the wonderful things that are made there in the small gift shop.
Written June 29, 2022
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micheal s
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A lovely nun welcomed us on arrival and told us the history of Kremasta Monastery.
Beautiful location up in the mountains with lovely gardens.
Stunning Chapel to gather your thoughts and a total feeling of peace and tranquility.
Charming little shop to buy mementoes of our visit.
Written August 19, 2023
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Dina J
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
These amazing women have restored the monastery and are working hard to make it even better! Beautiful and well worth a visit and a chat!
Written July 9, 2016
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Coursejunkie
Worthing, UK75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Beautiful, peaceful monastery. As usual with this type of venue it would be as well to read up on its history and icons before visiting. Whilst there is a guide inside the church there is a level of 'lost in translation'. It is worth the €2 just to sit in the courtyard and take in the peace and serenity that pervades the place.
Written May 18, 2019
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Branko V
Stevenage, UK1,130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The 2 euro ticket says ‘Holy Monastery of Kardiotissa’.

It doesn’t take long to look around. It looks like the buildings and grounds are very well maintained. Ladies need to have covered shoulders. I took a photo of ancient icons before I realised that photos were prohibited.
Written September 6, 2019
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vg350
New York City, NY64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Terrific visit of Kremasta. We arrived in the late afternoon on a Sunday and although the place was closed, we were given a tour and offered sweets and drink. A young nun explained as well as she could what we were seeing. We are so grateful!
Written July 23, 2019
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mindy336
Zakynthos, Greece73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
Beautiful and peaceful location. Unfortunately we did not have much time to visit, just spur of the moment decision to enter. They sell locally made products which they very friendly explain about but no pressure to buy!
Written November 9, 2018
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PeteWLaw
Ludlow, UK1,783 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Solo
I was about to give up seeing the old monastry founded in 1595 just before the Turks listed the Venetians. Then I met a group of 4 Russians, who rang the bell. We were admitted by a very friendly nun and were shown the room where a secret school was held during the Turkish occupation of Crete. We were asked of to take photos in the church.
Written October 9, 2018
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Mike B
Crowthorne, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
The monastery is about 20 minutes from Agios Nikolaos on the Heraklion new road. There are no signs on the road but you know when you have arrived as there are always cars parked outside - somewhat haphazardly - during the day. Please take 30 minutes of your day and look around. The monastery and chapel exude peacefulness and stillness. The shrubs and flowers in the grounds are beautiful and opposite you have the high cliff dwarfing cars on the road as they pass by. Please visit the museum. You decide how much to pay and your contributions go towards the upkeep of the monastery and grounds. There are some very old tryptychs, paintings, icons, holy books and vestments. Unfortunately, notes are all in Greek, but that does not detract from the beauty of the articles on display. The vestments are truly stunning. Very highly recommended.
Written August 20, 2017
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JK73
Blackpool, UK626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
On a road trip we came across this beautiful Monastery & we were all so happy we stopped. We were greeted by such a wonderful warm friendly Nun who showed us round & explained the history in her fantastic English. We could feel her love and commitment and our 14 year old was kept interested by her enthusiasm. We then visited the small shop where creams, oils & gifts are produced by the Nuns.
Much nicer than a tourist attraction.
Written August 7, 2017
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