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The metropolitan church of Rethymno is dedicated to the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. The church was erected over three periods.

During the era of Venetian rule, there was a small church at this site; in 1844, it was demolished and a larger one was erected at its location. Its present-day form is a three-aisled basilica without a dome. The church features a unique wood-carved chancel screen dating back to 1852 and portable icons, the most remarkable of which is the rare icon of Panagia tou Pathous (Virgin Mary of the Passion).