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Iera Moni Toplou

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Address: | Toplou, Sitia, Crete 72300, Greece

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Very different from your typical monastery

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... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2016
Stuttgart, Germany
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Bali, Indonesia
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Reviewed 31 October 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
Sitia, Greece
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 30 October 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 kafeneio can provide an excellent snack or meal. As well as the Monastery itself there... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 26 September 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 just a coffee. Next, you could visit the museum and spend up to two hours... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 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. It can be visited while going to Vai or the Gorge of the Dead, for... More 

Thank Aggie0815
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 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 to Paleokastro we took to the Sitea Road and stopped at Toplou. I was more... More 

Thank Sarah F
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 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 treasury, but really there's not much else to see beside. The amazing icon of the... More 

Thank Radish_Spirit
Vienna, Austria
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3 reviews
Reviewed 28 August 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
Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 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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Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Unique place.Wonderfull architecture.Historic monument Important for the poor farmers due to the olive oil and wine production facilities of the monastery.Toplou olive oil and Toplou wine are excellent and became strong brand

Thank xristos450 x
Athens, Greece
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8 reviews
Reviewed 8 August 2016

A quiet, historical, beautiful abbey. Definately worthy of your time and attention! Pay a visit to the wine department as well.

Thank Regia1329

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