Agia Triada Monastery

Coordinates: 35°33′38″N 24°8′6″E / 35.56056°N 24.13500°E / 35.56056; 24.13500
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Agia Triada Monastery
Μονή Αγίας Τριάδος
AffiliationGreek Orthodox Church
PatronHoly Trinity
Geographic coordinates35°33′38″N 24°8′6″E / 35.56056°N 24.13500°E / 35.56056; 24.13500
Date established17th century

Agia Triada Monastery ((in Greek) Μονή Αγίας Τριάδος) or the Monastery of Agia Triada Tsangarolon is a Greek Orthodox monastery in the Akrotiri peninsula in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. It also contains a museum.

The monastery, whose name means "Holy Trinity", was built in the 17th century by two brothers of the Venetian Zangaroli family on the site of a pre-existing church.[1]

The monks produce and sell wine and olive oil on the premises.[2][3]


The church is built in the Byzantine architectural cruciform style with three domes. The main church is flanked by two smaller domed chapels, one of which is dedicated to the Life-Giving Spring (Zoodochos Pigi) and the other to Saint John the Theologian.[4] The main church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and the church has a narthex at the front set at right angles to the main aisle. There are two large Doric-style columns and one smaller, Corinthian-style column on either side of the main entrance. The facade of the church has double columns of Ionian and Corinthian style and bears an inscription in Greek, which is dated to 1631.[4] The monastery's cellar door is dated to 1613. In the 19th century the monastery was established as an important theological school from 1833,[1] and the belfry is dated to 1864.[4] The monastery was later extensively damaged during conflicts with the Turks and in 1892, a seminary was established.[4]


The monastery also has a library which contains some rare books,[4] and a museum which contains a collection of icons and a collection of codices. Important exhibits include a portable icon of St John the Theologian dated to around 1500, The Last Judgment, work of Emmanuel Skordiles from 17th century, St John the Precursor (1846), The Tree of Jesse (1853), The Hospitality of Abraham and The Descent into Hades (1855), The Story of Beauteaus Joseph (1858) and a manuscript on a parchment roll with the mass of St Basil.[5]


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  1. ^ a b "Agia Triada Monastery in Akrotiri". Crete Tour Net. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  2. ^ "Wine producers". Agia Triada Monastery. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Olive Oil producers". Agia Triada Monastery. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Monastery of Aghia Triada ton Tzangarolon". Ecrete. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  5. ^ "Description". Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved March 22, 2010.

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