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Pantocrator

Gate Pantocrator (Chanioporta)
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Gate Pantocrator, known more as Chanioporta, is one of the central points of Heraklion and used to be the main exit to the western Crete. From a single room inside the gate start two arched galleries with different entrances, one (the main) leading to the west and the other (military gallery) leading to the southern low square of bastion Pantocrator.

Above the inner main gate there is a relief depicting Pantocrator (Almighty) with an inscription OMNIPOTENS, while on the outer side, the inscription is written in Greek. The facade, designed by Michele Sanmicheli with two arched entrances flanked by pilasters, is characterized by symmetry and alternating whitish and dark stones.

In the early 20th century. after the appearance of the car, several points of the Walls were torn down to build roads. So here too, right next to the gate of the Almighty, the opening of Chanioporta was opened and was later bridged (in 1915).

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Peak Period: Venetian Era (1204 AD - 1669 AD)
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