Church of Prophet Elijah

Agia Varvara

Church of Prophet Elijah at Agia Varvara
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According to residents of the village Agia Varvara , their village is located exactly in the center of Crete. They say that once two priests started walking, one from Sitia and the other from Chania, to share walking.

After having walked for days they met in Agia Varvara. There they sat down to rest and one of them took off his cap, threw it on the ground and shouted: The center of Crete is right here, the local point of Crete is right here, so right here I will also place the border. Miraculously, the priest’s cap transformed to a huge rock, a solid border at the entrance of the village which defines the center of Crete.

The church which is devoted to Prophet Elijah (Profitis Ilias) was built on this same rock in 1933, so that no one could ever move this boundary rock.

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Additional Info

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

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