Church of Panagia at

Lambini

Panagia Church at Lambini
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The church of Panagia Lambini is a tetrastyle cruciform church (11th-12th century) with a dome and a very impressive bell tower. The imposing church functioned as a Diocese of Lambi, while in 1950 the locals identified on a frescoe of the Virgin Mary the surname Lambini (shining).

It bears wall frescoes in two layers. The first layer has frescoes of the Komnenian art and dates back from the 12th century, but has been damaged by the pounding for better binding of the second layer. There is a newer layer of 14th century .

The church was the theatre for a black page of the Cretan History on January 20, 1829, during the Divine Liturgy. The Turks asked the believers to surrender, but they resisted. Then they burned the door, invaded the church, massacred all the men and then burned them. The women were moved to Rethymnon and sold as slaves.

Photo: Thanassis Delizonas

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Rethymnon
  • Type: Church
  • Peak Period: Second Byzantine Era (961 AD - 1204 AD)
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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