Kapsa Monastery

Ierapetra, Greece

Kapsa Monastery is built on a steep, rocky mountainside near the exit of the Perivolakia gorge, which offers picturesque views of the Libyan Sea. Kapsa monastery was most probably established in the fifteenth century, although no exact date of its establishment is known. In 1471, it was destroyed by pirates and as a result was then abandoned for centuries. In 1841, it was rebuilt by a hermit, who spent his last years in a nearby cave. Moni Kapsa is a metochion of Toplou monastery. During the Axis occupation of Crete, the monastery often sheltered Greek partisans and allied soldiers.

The main building (katholikon) is a two-nave church dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Today, Kapsa functions as a male monastery.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Aurelija Sukeviciute (3 months ago)
Monastery is near a beautiful Pervolakia gorge. The view from the monastery is beautiful. You can visit a church and take the stairs up from the church to the cave from which you get a good view to the gorge from quite high.
Georgios Gerakis (7 months ago)
Ο εκ του Αγίου Πορφυρίου ευλογημένος τόπος...
Philipp (8 months ago)
It's a nice place but very silent. Only two people live here and they can't do enough to pleasure tourists who expect their biggest day here. I like the silence here and it's respectful not to show everything. They don't want money from tourists. Good that it's not just a money making place. It's a religious peaceful place.
gemma palumbo (10 months ago)
Il monastero è un oasi tra le rocce. Fuori dal tempo.
Paolo Franceschi (13 months ago)
La visita è gratuita, ma per conto mio è tempo perso. Di fatto è visitabile solamente la grotta dove viveva l'eremita che ha dato poi origine a tutto (la cripta), e anche lì non si vede gran che. Bella l'ambientazione, a strapiombo su un canyon molto profondo.
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