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Toplou MonasteryThe guide was updated:
To make the most of the limited space inside the fort’s walls and the safety they afforded, cells were built across three storeys. There is a small but solemn and stirring two-aisled church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and to Saint John the Theologian, decorated with murals that still survive and featuring a chancel screen with noteworthy 18th century icons.
The Ecclesiastic Art Museum houses some of Crete’s most significant icons, including Megas ei Kyrie' (Great Art Thou, Lord), a 1770 icon by Ioannis Kornaros. The icon is made up of four main sections, further separated into 57 smaller areas, and includes hundreds of faces which come together magnificently to depict the Great Blessing of Waters.
The organic vineyards on the monastery’s grounds produce organic wine of excellent quality and it is also possible to visit the winery.
- Address: Toplou, Sitia, Crete