Holy Monastery of Agia Irini

  • Monastery of agia Irini
Open to the public: Daily
Entrance fee: Free admission
Toilet Facilities: Available
Café: Not Available
Wi-Fi: Available
Parking space: Available for all kinds of vehicles
Facilities for people with disabilities: Available
Supervised by: Holy Archdiocese of Crete
Access and walking difficulty: Difficulty rating, 1

Set on the foot of the mount Vrysina, on the northeast of the city of Rethymnon, the Holy Monastery of Agia Irini is one of the oldest in Crete and it is dated from the 2nd Byzantine period. The monastery was destroyed by the Ottomans in 1896 and was left deserted for almost a century.

The year 1989 marks the beginning of its restoration, a project that was finally awarded in 1994, with the “Europa Nostra” European award. Since then it operates as a convent. The nuns, whilst worshipping God, are occupied with holy iconography, the making of priests’ vestments, weaving, and preparation of traditional Cretan products (sweets, soap, etc.).

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