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Spectacular views and scenery

My husband and I drove to the Gouverneto Monastery today from Chania and I am so glad we did. It... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
willisalann
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Goulburn, Australia
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Good place to spend some hours and hike to the sea

Note that the Monestary is closed from 12-16 before Easter and from 12-17 after. You can still go... read more

Reviewed April 19, 2019
Charlotte R
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Christiansfeld, Denmark
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Reviewed September 18, 2017

This place - Monastery is a monk place. They do wine and oil, sell it and live there. They have more place for monks, but less people want to join ...
This Monastery is not so amazing like a old one about two km away from there. If you wanna go to old one you must visit Gouverneto Monastery territory.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

I visited Gouvernetou monastery by my own for a hike. The tour starts from the chapel where you can see the monastery and the monks rooms, and after you start walking towards the sea. The pathway is safe and the view amazing. On the route you can see old builds, a bridge and finally a gorge that leads you to the crystal blue sea.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

In souda bay we made a visit to this beautiful 1631 built monastery. Absolutely stunning beauty of architecture. The museum and the wine cellar in the basement is worth a visit as well. Highly recommended if you want to visit a place just 20 mins from Chania town

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed May 20, 2016

You can get to the ruined Monastery that dates back to the 6th or 7th century through Agia Triada following the leading sign. It sits on a rocky site close to the entrance of the gorge Avlaki.

It sits on a cliff overlooking the sea and it is the latest in a series of sacred places that you can discover if you cross the path through the monastery garden and descend the steps leading down to the coast.

You can walk in Avlaki gorge by following the stone paved trail that descends to the sea.

After 20 minutes of descent you will meet the Arkoudospilio Cave, and after a while the ruined monastery Katholiko and the cavernous church of St. John, where John the Hermit lived centuries ago. After more 10 minutes, the gorge ends in a narrow rocky fjord with green waters.

The monastery is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (9:00 to 12:00 and 17:00 to 19:00) and on weekends (9:00 to 11:00 and 17:00 to 20:00). Also, make sure you are decently dressed, and shorts, swimwear etc. are not allowed.

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed March 10, 2016 via mobile

The monastery has a beautiful new entrance with lovely pave and gardens as well as a forest, its story is fantastic and you can travel back in history when you see for the first time the heads of the pirates carved on the walls or the outside walls ready to defend with hot oil to any intruder.If you like to see more you can walk down to the cave of the bear or more down to the catholiko monastery where st John the hermit lived

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Argiris L
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