Churches in Heraklion City

St Matthew

Saint Matthew church
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The Orthodox Church of Agios Mattheos (St. Matthew) of Sinai was built in 1508 on the ruins of an earlier Byzantine church. This was the main Christian temple after the conquest of Crete by the Turks, as the Turks converted the monastery of Agia Aikaterini of Sinai to a mosque. Thus, the Sinaitic monks moved the monastery to St. Matthew.

Today there is an exhibition of icons which includes important works of the famous Cretan School of Iconography (Venetian Era), like the Crucifixion by Georgios Kastrofilakas (1752), Saint Titus and Scenes of the Life of 10 Martyrs by Ioannis Cornaro (1773), two unsigned icons of Michael Damascenos, etc.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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