Time: 3.5h, 80km, Taxi 100€ , Minibus 130€
This is situated at Akrotiri, a location planted with olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees. Architecturally it is one of the most important examples of the Cretan Renaissance.
The Holy Trinity (Agia Triada) Monastery is probably the most impressive monastic complex of the final period of Venetian rule on Crete, due to both its scale and architectural form. It combines elements of the Orthodox monastic style with western architectural forms and this reflects the spirit of convergence of the two dogmas on the island of Crete. The fortress-like complex forms a huge rectangle with an impressive Catholicon church in the centre and two small chapels, in the styleof Orthodox monasteries.
Gouverneto Monastery (Moni Gouvernetou)
Is one of the oldest monasteries in Crete, as it was built in 1537. Gouverneto , or Our Lady of the Angels as it is also known, is on the Akrotiri Peninsula, about 4 km from Agia Triada Monastery.
The Monastery resembles a castle, with towers which served to defend it from raiders. The outside of the monastery in particular reveals strong Venetian influences, it looks like a Venetian fortress, measuring 40 m x 50 m, with 50 monks’ cells on two floors, a tower in each of the four corners, and special embrasures or loopholes in the walls. Only two of the towers are preserved today, but you can see the remains of the other two from the courtyard.
The church is cruciform, without domes, and its narthex is set at right angles to the central aisle. The most interesting and impressive features are the monsters carved in relief on the front of the church.
Next to the church is a chapel dedicated to the founder of the monastery and also another chapel dedicated to the Ten Saints of Crete. Inside the monastery is a tiny museum of ecclesiastical works and other precious relics.