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DISCOVER ART AND LIFE AT AN ORTHODOX MONASTERY

THE CENTURIES-OLD SACRED TRADITIONS OF SAINT IRENE’S MONASTERY

Discover the secrets of Greek Orthodox art at Greek Orthodox Monastery of Agia Irini, in Rethymnon, Crete - an architectural gem where you will be warmly welcomed.

Explore the serene beauty of the Greek Orthodox traditions at the Agia Irini Monastery in Rethymnon, Crete: spend time with the nuns and let them show you the secrets and discipline of Greek hagiography and the elaborate folk crafts of Crete which they practice and preserve. They also use olive oil and “tsikoudia” from their own trees and grapes for making hand-made soap and herb extracts. Then, partake to their monastic luncheon: fundamental, simple, delicious. Discover the essence of Greek monastic life, in a monastery presented with the Europa Nostra award as part of Europe’s cultural heritage.

DORON SOCIETY CULTURAL CENTRE

The Doron Society is a non-profit organisation founded in 1992 by Grecotel to help protect Crete's natural, historical and cultural heritage. The centre links the hotels (as commercial entities) with three cultural activities in the greater Rethymnon area. One of these activities is the promotion of the Monastery of Agia Irini. The Grecotel Creta Palace provides a section of its premises to the Doron Society as a showcase for the monastery’s handicrafts. Nuns from Agia Irini come to the hotel three times a week to exhibit their fabulous hand-stitched embroideries and unique hagiographies and icons painted in the monastery studio. All profits are used exclusively for the monastery’s upkeep. Grecotel also hosts a weekly program, offered in four languages, to encourage resort guests to visit the Monastery of Agia Irini at its unique setting with the enchanting view.
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