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The twin-naved church at Dories, dedicated to St. Constantine and to the Holy Cross, was the catholicon of a relatively small monastery from which only a few buildings survive with the most important of these being a barrel-vaulted one to the north of the church. The early ­history of the monastery, even though unknown in its ­details, bears testimony to its function during the late ­period of the Venetian occupation, the period to which the catholicon is dated. The later belfry, with the bas relief ­figures of Saints Constantine and Helen, was rebuilt in 1872. Of particular interest in the interior of the church is the wood-carved altar screen, probably of the 18th century, and its collection of icons. The older, double-sided icon of the All-Holy Virgin Odegetria and the Crucifixion, from the end of the 14th or the first half of the 15th century, ­deserve special reference. The doors of the diakonicon and the prothesis with the usual, for these locations, ­depictions of Christ as the High Priest and the Three ­Hierarchs respectively, as well as the excellent Crucifixion of 1673, belong to the period of the Cretan School.