About San Salvatore
San Salvatore was a Franciscan monastery. This Venetian monastery was built on the west side of the fortress of Chania right next to the bastion of the same name. The original Byzantine church which pre-existed was at first a small domed chapel on the east side, and was expanded to the north and west in three phases from the 15th century (or earlier) until the late Venetian period (middle of 17th century). During the Ottoman period, the church was used as a mosque.
Today the church houses the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection of Chania. The south section of the monastery which contained the chapter house, the monks' cells, the cloister and garden, is a unique guesthouse and residency.
"Guests love it for the spacious open-plan area, the wooden floors and the warm atmosphere. The loft is a haven of peace and quiet in the middle of this bustling hive of activity."
The San Salvatore monastery is one of the very few historical buildings left in Chania which still has its original cloister, offering total privacy from the outside world as well as inquisitive eyes elsewhere in the building.
The monastery is located at the very end of the old harbour promenade, in a quiet neighbourhood (Topanas) behind the nautical museum, where the North-West Gate to the old town used to be. It is also right next to the main parking area at Talo sqare ("Hand" monument).
Because of its location, San Salvatore is a true haven of peace and quiet within walking distance of every place of interest in the old town of Chania, but also from the ever bustling center of modern Chania city with its many tavernas, bars, shops, amenities and of course beaches.
Ideal for ...
If you have a personal interest in history, archaeology, architecture, arts, philosophy, religion or mediation; you are looking for a great location to spend a few days downtown, in a serene place with mesmerizing views over the Venetian harbor or a basis from which to explore the Cretan hinterland and beaches ; you want to be able to prepare your own meals, then the San Salvatore Monastery in the medieval city of Chania is the ideal accommodation for you.
The relaxed atmosphere, accentuated by the warmth of the wood and its presence in the center of living, breathing history ensure that the San Salvatore will transform your stay into an unforgettable fairytale.
"The apartment is in an amazing location and is very well maintained. The pictures do not come close to doing the apartment justice. Irene is also an excellent host and the effort she has put in the apartment really shows. Couldn’t recommend this place more!"