Tobacco Cutting Factory


Tobacco Cutting Factory (Acrotiriani monastery)
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The building operated as a nunnery (Monasterio Greco Madonna Acrotiriani) during the Venetian Era (17th century) and was a dependency of the monastery of Panagia Akrotiriani Toplou near Sitia. A document of 1671 states that the main temple was dedicated to Saint John the Theologian, while there was another church dedicated to Saint Peter.

After the conquest of Crete by the Ottomans, Tournatzis Basis Ahmet Aga turned the monastery into barracks of the local Janissaries. He also built a small mosque and Ottoman baths. Later, the venue housed a Turkish orphanage.

After the liberation of Crete by the Turks, the place was used as a tobacco factory; Crete produced large quantities of smoke till the beginning of the 20th century. At the same time, the present church and the primary school of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) were built.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Peak Period: Venetian Era (1204 AD - 1669 AD)
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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