Toplou Μonastery

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Toplou Monastery

Toplou Monastery

Palm Forest and beach Vai is at the eastern end of Crete, near the monastery Toplou, one of the most important monasteries in Crete with vast areas of organic farming. In Toplou is established an organic producers group and also there is an olive oil mill who produce Biological olive oil, and units for organic-biological wine and raki.

In Toplou Monastery there is a ecclesiastical and historical museum with many rare relics. Despite its turbulent history, Toplou has many works of art to its possession.

Toplou Monastery, 5km from Vai Restaurant

Toplou Monastery, 5km from Vai Restaurant

Today, it hosts an interesting exhibition of Byzantine icons, books and documents, a display of ancient engravings and a collection of artefacts which reflect its role in the historical events that influenced Crete during the last centuries. Several of its walls are also adorned with remarkable fresco paintings.

It was founded around the mid 15th century, probably on the ruins of an earlier convent. The monastery was plundered by the knights of Malta in 1530 and shattered in 1612 by a strong earthquake.

Due to its strategic position, the senate o the Republic of Venice, then ruler of Crete, decided to financially aid in rebuilding it.

The monastery flourished until the surrender of eastern Crete to the Turks in 1646, after which it was abandoned for a long time. In 1704, it acquired special protection privileges from the Patriarch (i.e., stauropegic) and was re-inhabited.

Vai Restaurant: Toplou Monastery, 5km from Vai Restaurant

Vai Restaurant: Toplou Monastery, 5km from Vai Restaurant

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