« Moni Agias Triadas on Akrotiri | Homepage | Chania's German War Memorial - then and now »

July 16, 2008

Moni Gouvernetou, and not Moni Ioannou Erimiti

Moni Gouvernetou is about 5 kilometres away from Agia Triada, and a lot less welcoming. Actually, when we got there it appeared to have closed for lunch and we couldn't get in. We walked around the perimeter fence, which revealed the buildings to be a lot less attractive and much more run-down than Agia Triada.


Some of the views out to sea over the peninsula were spectacular though, and worth the climb.


There was also a memorial to people killed in the Second World War.


Moni Gouvernetou also serves as the starting point for a trip to the third destination of the day - Moni Ioannou Erimiti.

This had all the hallmarks of a Martin classic - it is meant to date back to the 11th Century, and is dedicated to a hermit saint who lived in a cave behind the site of the monastery buildings. Named St John the Hermit, his rock grave is now at the foot of the cave.

The only problem? To get there was a twenty minute walk, followed by the same walk back to the car - this time uphill. We carefully weighed up the options of paying our respect to the saint in the blazing heat, or having a cool drink in nearby Stavros village....

We'll see him another time...

« Previous | Homepage | Next »


The comments to this entry are closed.

« Previous entry: Moni Agias Triadas on Akrotiri
» Next entry: Chania's German War Memorial - then and now

A lemon tree of our own

  • The journal of a British couple who left the UK to set up home in Hania, Crete.
  • Homepage

Search this site

Powered by TypePad