Orthodox Academy of Crete

The Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC) is a public welfare institution in canonical relationship with the Holy Metropolis of Kissamos and Selinon; it operates under the spiritual auspices of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The basic mission of the OAC is the dialogical witness and the liturgical diaconia of Orthodoxy in the […]


The Holy Metropolis of Kissamos and Selino

The Metropolis includes the provinces of the same name in the Prefecture of Chania and its See is in Kissamos, which was already an Archdiocese as early as early Christian times. The age of the Archdiocese is known due to the attendance of Bishop Eukissos at the Synod (Council) of Sardica in 343. At Rethymnon […]


St. Quiricus (Agios Kirikos or Ai Kirkos) at Lissos

About 3 km west of Sougia the city of Lissos flourished in Hellenistic and Roman years, until the early Byzantine period; there are traces of two basilicas that must have been built in these periods. The church of Mother Mary (Panagia) is built on the ruins of an early Christian basilica. The same is true […]


Churches at Sougia

The presence of at least three early Christian basilicas with exceptional mosaic floors from the 6th century indicates that the city existed during the first Byzantine period. It must have declined after the 7th century, but it is not known whether it was completely deserted. In any case, the church of St. Irene, dating back […]


The church of St. Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) (Moni)

Part of the church of St. Nicholas was decorated with painting works by Ioannis Pagomenos in 1315.


Churches at Kakodiki

In this hamlet, which has probably existed since the 14th century, there is a church dedicated to Archangel Michael with mural icons and an inscription dating from 1420 and a church dedicated to Saint Isidore, near the neighbouring hamlet of Tzeneliana, again with mural decorations dating back to 1420.


Churches at Plemeniana

Near the hamlet there are traces of early Christian basilicas dating from the 5th and 6th centuries. Within the walls of the Church of Christ the Saviour (Soter), parts of an old early Christian basilica have been incorporated; Inscriptions have been preserved, the oldest of which bears the year 1362. In St. George’s Church there […]


Churches at Kantanos

Kantanos flourished in the Hellenistic and Roman times as well as during the first Byzantine period, when it seemed to have played an important role, since it was the See of the Bishop who attended the Council of Chalkedon (Synod of Chalki) in 451. The long religious tradition of the territory is evidenced by traces […]


The church of Christ the Saviour (Sotiros Christou) (Temenia)

The church of Christ the Saviour (Soter) was created in two stages: the first stage dates back to the 13th century and the second one to the 14th century. Its murals date back to the 16th – 17th centuries.  


St. John’s Cave (Spileo Agiou Ioanni) (Azogyre)

The Byzantine hamlet, where traces from the Hellenistic and Roman periods have been found, is associated with St. John the Hermit, one of the Fathers who lived like a hermit in the cave of the hamlet.