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All – Holy Virgin Gorgoepikoos at Pigaidakia

The church which is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos is located in the periphery of the settlement of Gialomonochoro, abandoned many decades ago. Until the beginning of the 20th century it constituted part of the complex of the ­homonymous dependency of the Monastery of Apezana, the buildings of which have today been destroyed. […]

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Church of Agii Anargyri

A small three-aisled church, dedicated to the Early Christian martyrs and Saints Cosmas and Damian, as well as to Saint Artemios and Saint Charalampos. It is located in the Agii Anargyri quarter. It is not known when the church was built, however it is believed that it dates back to the Venetian period (13th century). […]

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Catholic Cathedral and Parish Church of the Dormition of Our Lady

A three-aisled, neoclassical style church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which was inaugurated in April 1879. It has operated continuously since then, as the Cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Crete. It is located in Halidon Street.

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Agios Minas (St. Menas) (Episkopi)

St. Menas is the patron saint of the Diocese of Heraklion. It is a two-aisled church erected in 1882, with its northern aisle dedicated to the Dormition of Mother Mary and its southern aisle to St. Menas. One of the most noteworthy elements of the church is its marble chancel screen.

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The church of Panagia Kera at Kritsa

The three-aisled, barrel-vaulted church of the All-Holy Virgin ‘the Lady’ with a dome on the nave is located to the south and at a distance of around 500 metres from the settlement of Kritsas. The church is one of the most important visited monuments of Crete because of its extensive and well-preserved wall painting decoration […]

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All – Holy Virgin Koumbelina at Choumeriako

The church of the All-Holy Virgin the Koumbelina or Koumbelidiki (meaning ‘having a dome’) is built according to the architectural plan of the simple cross-in-square church. A wide barrel-vaulted, transverse narthex was added to the west later. Remains of an arch on the west of the north façade indicate that a barrel-vaulted narthex existed in […]

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The Metropolitan church of Megali Panagia at Neapolis

The metropolitan church, dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15), rises magnificent in the north corner of the central square of Neapolis. Its erection at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century lasted a long time due to the financial ­constraints of the period. It had been founded in the year […]

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Panagia Keralimeniotissa (Our Lady of the Harbours) Monastery (Faflagos)

Panagia Keralimeniotissa Monastery, dedicated to the Dormition of Mother Mary, is situated deep within Faflagos valley. According to tradition, it was built by monks from Agios Prokopios (St. Procopius) Monastery, who were forced to abandon it when it was destroyed by Saracens. When they later returned to the Monastery, they brought gifts to the Virgin […]

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Agia Moni (Holy Monastery) of Viannos Convent

Agia Moni, a convent dedicated to the Dormition of Mother Mary, is located at the exit of Afrati canyon. According to tradition, it was built by three Cypriot nuns, who initially built the church of Agios Dimitrios (St. Demetrius) in Keratokambos. The monastery operated until 1842 but was deserted from 1842 to 1865. On August […]

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Koimisi tis Theotokou (Dormition of Mother Mary) (Panagia)

This is a 15th century three-aisled basilica dedicated to the Dormition of Mother Mary with many interesting construction details. The hamlet of Panagia, one of the best-preserved traditional villages in central Crete, was named after the church.

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