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Fortællinger fra Kreta | 20

Tales from Crete | 20

Did you know that one of the most used carnival costumes for men is the monk suit? I wonder if it is because many men go with a secret desire to once see what it is really like to be a monk, or just because it is a comfortable garment. There is such a bit of mystery to it when you don't know about it, and if I'm honest, the thought of monk life has crossed my mind a few times, just out of curiosity.

I can't count how many times I've been to Crete, nor how many times I've visited a monastery. But I have the number of how many times I have stayed a whole day, or spent the night in a monastery, and got really close to the monks who go about their daily business in the monasteries, because it is a big around 0. I have set myself for a change, and I think there might be others who are just as curious as I am. That's why I'm really happy to be able to invite you on a trip to Crete, which is ONLY for men and is about what happens behind the closed doors of the monastery. Like I said, I haven't tried this myself before, so it's as new to me as it might be to you, but I know there are a lot of great stories behind closed doors and I also know, that the door that the monk opens in the picture is the door to the Agia Triada Monastery wine cellar, which we must of course visit. But we must also visit other monasteries on this "Monastery Tour" and we must be challenged to "just" be ourselves and talk together about big and small things.

In 2011 I visited the Gouverneto Monastery, which is next door to Agia Triada. Here a monk stood outside weeding behind a fence and I tried my best to get in touch with him, but it didn't give much result to begin with. When I made no move to leave the place, but just stood and looked at the monastery from the outside, he suddenly put down his rake and came over and asked about my errand in completely fluent English. I told them that I came from Denmark, was just curious and wanted to see the monastery. That was obviously the code word for him coming out to me, greeting me nicely and chatting away about the buildings and the monks' ongoing restoration of the old monastery, and proudly showed me around the monastery garden. Later, the Abbot of the place (the head of the monastery) stopped by and explained why the place was closed to the public at the time, and why they weren't thrilled to have tourists running down the mountain through the gorge and back up, stealing their rare herbs , as he said.

We are not going to steal herbs, but we are going to take a trip down the mountain and up again along the path that the monks built hundreds of years ago in the gorge, so that they could connect the abandoned Katholiko monastery with Gourveneto and get down to the sea themselves to fishing and having some of their necessities brought by sea.

If such a trip sounds like something for you, you can get more information by clicking here and then I will hope that I am not the only one going on the Monastery Tour to Crete.

Kaló Savvatokýriako kai kaló mína (Good Weekend and Good Month)

Tales from Crete

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Helle Birgit Hansen - February 3, 2019

Agia Triada klostret er et af de smukkeste, hver jeg er på Kreta ja så må jeg lige forbi. Bare det at gå rundt og se stederne, tingene og ikke at forglemme kirken giver mig en ro uden lige og jeg føler mig opløftet bagefter. Og nej jeg er ikke troende.
Jeg handler så olie i butikken samt andre ting og støtter på den måde Deres smukke arbejde med restaureringen af ikoner o.a.
Jeg kan varmt anbefale at se stedet
Mvh Helle

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