The Holy Patriarchic and Stavropegic Monastery of Chrissopigi is located 3 kilometers from the city of Chania on the road to Souda. The monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is celebrated on Easter Friday. Thousands of pilgrims gather at the monastery to pay homage to the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. It was founded at the end of the sixteenth century and was a male monastery until very recently. Through the centuries the monastery has thrived and declined. It has been invaded many times and suffered great damages by the Turkish and German invaders.
In 1976 the first three nuns of the sisterhood settled at the monastery – that had been abandoned since the German occupancy. All the building have been restored using the existing old materials and the careful collection of stones from the abandoned buildings and the surrounding area. The sisters deaconship is hagiography, ecclesiastic embroidery, restoration of old books and icons, book binding, book publishing, bee keeping, candle making, soap and frankincense making and others. They also cultivate the land using organic farming methods and implement environmental educational programs for students of all levels.
The monastery is open to visitors everyday (8:00 am – 12:00p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.). Visitors can attend all religious ceremonies. Mass is held every Saturday and Sunday and on holidays.
In one of the oldest pieces of land owned by the monastery, Saint Kiriaki at Vathipetro a new monastery complex has been built dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ. This expansion is a continuation of the century long ascetic tradition of the monastery.