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Monastery Gouverneto – one of Crete’s oldest monasteries

Monastery Gouverneto - one of Crete's oldest monasteries
The Monastery Gouverneto is one of the oldest monasteries of Crete and constitutes a sample of orthodox monastery architecture.
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The Monastery Gouverneto or Lady of Angels

is one of the oldest monasteries of Crete and constitutes a sample of orthodox monastery architecture. It was built in 1537 in altitude of 260 m by monks of the Catholic Church that later abandoned the place due to piracy.

Its reconstruction started during the Venetian period, but the works were interrupted because of the invasion of the Ottomans. The completion of the temple was achieved after many years and with a special authorization granted by the Ottomans.

Monastery Gouverneto – one of Crete’s oldest monasteries

Externally it resembles with Venetian fortress and has towers in its four corners with embrasures, from which however are saved today only two. It has dimensions 40 x 50 m and allocates 50 cells in two floors. The church of Eisodion of Theotokos or Lady of Angels is parallelogram with dome and allocates columns and sculptural decor that reminds of Italian technique.

There are two chapels, Agii Deka and Agios Ioannis o Xenos, that is dedicated to the founder of the monastery. There is a very small museum in the monastery that hosts works of ecclesiastical art and other precious relics.

Recommendation: On the way to the monastery Gouverneto you will pass from the Monastery Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) in Akrotiri peninsula. It’s architectural details in combination with the monastery’s atmosphere, the place is an oasis for the eyes and the soul.

Monastery Gouverneto – Useful information

Location: The monastery Gouverneto is located in Akrotiri peninsula, 19 km north of Chania and 4 km from the monastery of Agia Triada.
Driving direction: follow the signs for the International Airport Chania Ioannis Daskalogiannis. Almost at the airport, signs for the monastery Agia Triada appear. Follow them until that monastery. Then continue the same road (there is also a sign somewhere to the monastery Gouverneto) for another 10 minutes up to the monastery Gouverneto.
Visiting hours: Monday-Tuesday-Thursday: 09.00 – 12.00 and 17.00 – 19.00, Weekends: 09.00-11.00 and 17.00 – 20.00
Entrance: 2.5€ (with appropriate clothes /the entrance is not allowed for groups) Greek citizens free
Tel.: +30 28210 63319
Note: Please be dressed adequate, photography is not allowed on the grounds of the convent. Please follow the general rules of all monasteries. The monks here can be quite rude.