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The big church of St. Menas, to the northeast of the small one, was built between 1862–1895 by a practical architect from Epirus, Athanasios Mousis, with frequent contributions of the monasteries and donations from ­hundreds of Christians, as can be noted from the church’s manuscript books of donations. It is an eclectic monument whose architectural plan combines the features of a cross-in square, domed church and those of a three-aisled basilica with galleries and two corner belfries, each measuring 32.70 metres in height. Various styles can be discerned in its individual architectural and decorative ­elements. In the first half of the 20th century, the architect A. ­Orlandos designed, and F. Skaris created, the altar screen and the bishop’s throne from white and green marble of Tenos. The icon painting of the church, during a period of new breath according to the exemplars of Byzantine icon painting, was done by the iconographer S. Kartakis, a pupil of Fotis Kontoglou, in the year 1960. The church is a place of reference for all the religious and national celebrations of the city of Heraklion, especially November 11, where a hierarchical Divine Liturgy and great festival take place on the feast day of the Holy Great Martyr Menas.