Ecclesiastical Museum of the Monastery of Gonia

The Ecclesiastical Museum of the Monastery of Gonia is located 25 kilometers west of the city of Chania in the Monastery of Odigitria or Gonia which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The monastery is Stavropegic, as it is managed directly from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and was founded in the 17th century. It was destroyed by the Turks and rebuilt, while during the Occupation it was used as a place to coordinate resistance against the German invaders.

In the Ecclesiastical Museum of the Monastery of Gonia there are iconographies of the 14th century by the famous painter Andreas Ritsos. There you will see works of Constantine Paliokapas who lived in the 17th century as well as codes and scripts that monks managed to rescue over the centuries.

Besides other relics in the Ecclesiastical Museum of the Monastery of Gonia, there is also an exhibition of priests’ vestments. Near the monastery there is the Orthodox Academy of Crete, a very important contemporary religious and spiritual foundation of the Archdiocese of Crete.

Address: Kolympari Chania

Phone: 00302810288484, 00302824022227

Opening Hours: 8:30 to 15:00