The church of Agios Georgios (St. George) & Agios Haralampos (St. Charalampus) (Therissos)

This is a two aisled Byzantine church with an arched roof, dedicated to St. George and St. Charalampus. Its wall decorations are not very well preserved.


Agia Irini (St. Irene) (Kavoussi)

The single-space, Byzantine church dedicated to Saint Irene dates back to 1410 and is a modest arch-covered church adorned with murals.


The Church of Agioi Apostoloi at Kavousi

The single-nave church of the Holy Apostles, 100 metres to the south of St. George, also has two layers of wall paintings of the 14th and 15th centuries respectively. From the first layer very few forms can be discerned, such as the full-length figure of the woman donor on the north wall who has the […]


Zoodochos Pigi (Life-giving Font) (Kavoussi)

The Byzantine church of the Life-Giving Font dates back to the 14th century. It is a small arch-covered church, though its murals are largely destroyed. Of particular interest are the depictions of the Akathist Hymn.


Church of Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas) (Ierapetra)

The arch-covered church of Saint Nicholas was built during the Venetian era, possibly in 1630. The noteworthy 18th-century icon of the Holy Trinity, signed by the painter Georgios Kastrofilakas, is kept in this church.


Church of Metamorfosi Sotiros & Agios Haralampos (Transfiguration of the Redeemer & St. Charalampus) (Ierapetra)

Most likely built between 1150 and 1160, this is the city’s oldest church. It was originally a single-space arch-covered church, but a second aisle, dedicated to Saint Charalampus, was added in the early 17th century. The two-dome narthex is a more recent addition. Its unique wood-carved chancel screen features icons by the famed painter Kastrofilakas, […]


Church of Kato Panagia (Lower Mother Mary) (Anatoli)

An arch-covered Byzantine church dedicated to the Dormition of Mother Mary. Its striking murals are quite well preserved.


Holy Monastery of Exakousti

The Monastery of Exakousti [‘the Renowned’] is located in the northwest part of the province of Ierapetra between the settlements of Anatoli and Malles. Compared with other monasteries in the vicinity, such as the All-Holy Virgin of Armos at Malles and the All-Holy Virgin the Karydiani [‘of the Walnuts’] at Mythoi, it is a relatively […]


Holy Monastery of the All – Holy Virgin Vryomeni [‘The Abundant’] at Meseleroi

Even though the exact date of the foundation of the monastery is unknown, its function is witnessed already from the 16th century while the catholicon of the early 15th century shows the use of the space from the late Byzantine period. The monastery is built on a rocky outcrop, east of the settlement of Meseleroi, […]


Vayionea Convent

Abandoned at present, Vayionea Convent was founded in the late 14th century by the scholar Nilos Damilas. The only surviving structure is the catholicon, a single-space arch-covered church with a conical dome, the north side of which abuts the rock.