Panagia Kera


Panagia Kera church at Sarchos
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Near the village Sarchos we meet one of the most impressive churches of Cretan innerland with a beautiful relief entrance and rear window, which is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. The church dates back to the 14th century and is double-aisled, bearing very important frescoes. It is located in a lush green location, above a small tributary of the river Gazanos.

It is believed that Panagia Kera was the main temple of a small monastery, as we see traces of monk cells. The initial temple was single-aisled (14th century) with the second aisle added in the 15th century. The initial aisle bears an amazing relief doorway with the date 1635. The apse of a sanctuary is decorated with stone pillars ending in a Corinthian type capital.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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