Starting our short journey at the wider area of Chania Monasteries, we reach the site of Profhetes Elias at Akrotiri, where there exist the Venizelos Graves. From this location, the view of Chania is superb. Historically, the place is of significant importance taking into account the fact that it hosted the revolutionary armed forces which realized the autonomy of Crete from the Turkish rule back in 1897. Furthermore, it is the burial place of two of the most important political figures of Greece during the 20th century, Eleftherios Venizelos and his son, Sophoklis.
Eleftherios Venizelos is considered to the most prominent politician of Greece since its independence. He acted as a prime minister on several occasions between 1910 and 1933 and his era, was marked by the doubling of the Greek nation in terms of both area and population. Sophoklis Venizelos has also been a member of the greek government during the years that followed WorldWar II and became prime minister on three occasions.
Leaving behind the site of Profhetes Elias, we pass through colorful villages and find ourselves in Aghia Triada (The Holy Trinity) Monastery, established in the early 17th century by the Venetian monks Laurentius and Ieremias Tzagarollo.
It is still the biggest monastery complex in Crete and the earliest buildings are perfect examples of the local architecture of their time. The monk community has played an important rule in numerous Cretan revolts against the Turkish rule and has been pillaged by the conqueror’s army during the 1821 revolution. The monastery has been renovated in 1854, with the addition of the chapels of the Saint Crusifixionand the Saint Apostles and from 1892, it serves under the Greek orthodox dogma.