Monastery Agia Triada Crete
What do you see?
The construction is very similar to the famous monastery Arkadi in the south of the island of Crete. Great wall surround the entire monastery (several buildings). In the middle, directly behind the entrance, is a church around which you can walk. On the sides of the monastery are the lodgings and workrooms of the monks. As a tourist you can go to the church and visit the small museum. Some other rooms are also open. The living areas of the monks are of course not accessible. The church is a typical orthodox church with a lot of decoration and pictures.
The monastery produces a well-known wine and good olive oil (both organic with traditional varieties). The good climate and the fertile soils around the monastery are ideal for viticulture and olive trees. Traditional varieties are cultivated.
Entrance fee and opening hours
Opening hours Agia Triada Monastery: Every day from 8 am until sunset. In winter there is a lunch break of 2 hours (14h to 16h). If you want to be absolutely sure, you can also call in advance: Phone: 0030-2821063572
Admission prices Agia Triada Monastery: On some Internet pages it says that the Agia Triada Monastery costs 2 euros admission, children under 18 years do not have to pay anything. During our out-of-season visit at the end of March 2017 no one was at the entrance and there was no sign about the prices. So we could visit Agia Triada for free. However, the monastery museum was not open.
How to find us
By car: You drive from Chania towards the airport. If you are on the Arkodiri peninsula, after a few kilometres turn left towards Stavros. About 5 kilometres before Stavros there is a sign to the monastery Agia Triada. Of course the signs in Crete are in Greek and English. Monastery is called in English "Monastery" in Greek "Monastiri" (μοναστήρι)..
Bus: There are 2 buses daily from Monday to Friday between Chania and Agia Triada (and on to the village of Chordaki). However, these buses are mainly intended for students. They depart early in the morning and early in the afternoon in both directions. The buses depart from Chania at 6:30 a.m. and 14:15 p.m. and return 30 minutes later from Agia Triada. This is of course very impractical for monastery visitors, as hardly anyone wants to stay 7 hours in Agia Triada. But you can also take a bus to the airport and from there walk to the monastery (about half an hour) or take a taxi. Walking in the area is worthwhile, one sees among other things the vines of the monastery wine of Agia Triada and in spring many multicolored flowers..
What does Agia Triada mean?
Translating means the name of the monastery: Holy Trinity. The German foreign word for Trinity is Trinity, the Greek word "tria" is the number three.
The Trinity in Christianity is the three manifestations ("faces") of God: God as Father, God as Son (Jesus) and God as Holy Spirit.
Clothes / Behaviour in the monastery on Crete
- You have to cover your shoulders and wear long trousers or skirts.
- Mobile phone must be switched off
- One should behave calmly and decently, not listen to music and the like. You should be particularly quiet in the monastery church.
- Photography, filming and smoking are not permitted in the entire Agia Triada Monastery.