Kremasta Convent

Apokoronas, Greece

The name of the Kremasta ('Hanging') Convent is connected to its citadel-type architecture and its location, making it seem like its hanging from the hillside.

According to the inscription, it was founded in 1593 by Mitrophanes Agapitos. It was initially a monastery but was converted into a convent in 1993. 

The single-spaced arch-covered catholicon is dedicated to the Taxiarchs and features a gilded wood-carved chancel screen. Also worthy of note is its Altar Stone, dating back to 1622.

Outside the monastery, there is another, more recent church dedicated to the Myrrhbearers. 

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Founded: 1593
Category: Religious sites in Greece

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Iren Yu (8 months ago)
Very cosy and beautiful monastery in the area of Neapoli. The nuns are very friendly and will show pictures and tell the story of the monastery. They have a small local shop where you can buy herbs that they collect in the mountains and make spices and herbal teas, as well as icons, crosses, different herbal balms and their own made olive soap. Make sure to have cash with you as they don't accept cards. We had a very positive experience and would definitely recommend visiting this monastery.
Darren S (9 months ago)
We went on a guided tour which included Spinalonga Island. We stopped at the monastery first. It’s quite small but so we’ll kept and a very peaceful place with a wonderful little chapel and full of great history too. A guide is a must as they’re full of knowledge.
Terry Creech (11 months ago)
It was very calm and peaceful. The nuns who greeted us where very kind. I enjoyed seeing the old church and the lifestyle of the nuns.
Panos Official Guide (11 months ago)
One of the most important monasteries of Crete that contributed to the education of children during the ottoman occupation. The monastery seems as it is hanging from the cliffs, hence the greek name!
Maria Kotsinis (11 months ago)
This was the most tranquil treasure we discovered on Crete. We were greeted by Sister Nektaria who graciously told us the history of this monastery. The grounds and 16th century church were magnificent. I highly recommend. They have a lovely gift shop with handmade products .arrive and leave before sundown.
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