Church of Saint Thomas

Agios Thomas

Cathedral of Saint Thomas
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The area of St. Thomas at Monofatsi province can easily be described as a religious park, as it hosted 38 churches in the past. The most spectacular of all still stands still in the center of the village. It is the Byzantine church dedicated to St. Thomas, an aisled basilica with a narthex in front. The narthex is divided into three parts and is as high as the nave. There is a dome at the intersection of the narthex and the nave.

It is noteworthy to mention the custom of zosimo that takes place at every church of Agios Thomas, mostly on the Cathedral. Every 2-3 year, the women of the village of Agios Thomas spin ropes and immerse it in beeswax for 7 times. Then they put the rope around the temple in order to keep evil spirit away. This is a custom that has its roots in ancient Times and takes place in spring.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Peak Period: Venetian Era (1204 AD - 1669 AD)
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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