Toplou is one of the most significant and historic monasteries in Crete, dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary of the Cape and St. John the Theologian
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THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
The Greek Orthodox sacred monastery of Toplou was founded in the 14th century. It has a turbulent past with ongoing attacks from pirates, other enemies, and damaging earthquakes. The monastery was given the name Toplou after the canon used in defense. Abbots and monks were tortured and executed for their collaboration with the resistance, both during the Turkish domination in the 19th century and in WW2 against the Germans. The events led to important victories for Greek independence.
“Despite the turbulent past many notable icons was kept such as “Great are Thou, my Lord” painted by I. Kornaris in 1770”