Agia Triada and Navy Museum
The Agia Triada, also known as the Holy Trinity Monastery, is one of the most important monasteries in Crete with a huge influence on the island's educational system. Located atop of a rocky precipice, more than 1,300 feet in height, this 14th century compound offers breathtaking birds-eye views and sports an eclectic mix of Doric and Renaissance architectural elements. The monastery is one of the richest and most beautiful monasteries in Crete, built by the Venetian nobles Jeremiah and Lawrence Tzagarolo. The monastery today hosts a small museum with various pictures and icons, after the numerous historical adventures, the monastery continues to play an important role in the religious and economic life of Crete. Pay your respects at the grave of Venizelos, one of the most important politicians in Grecian history.
Make your way back to Chania, discover this beautiful old port town that is situated on the shores of the Venetian Harbor. Head over to the Navy Museum, once used as a local garrison and prison for the condemned, to see a variety of ship models and photos displaying Byzantine naval power. While here you will also learn about the Turkish occupation and the Greek War of Independence.
Conclude your tour with some free time to walk the narrow, scenic shopping streets and pop into a restaurant for a bite or local cup of coffee before your return to the port and your ship.
This tour is a perfect introduction to the history and culture of Crete, sign up today and don't miss out.
Reviewer: Mel & Sherry
Very interesting history of Agia Triada. We were the only people on this tour with Arula so we were able to have nice conversations with her and our driver about the entire area we visited. We had time at the end to have a cold drink at harbor.
Reviewer: Iva Ivanova
Although I had no idea when booking this shore excursion, we ended up on a private tour. Our guide could not have been more personal in incorporating our wishes while showing us with pride the beauty of her island! The monastery was a charming oasis well worth the stop in Chania!