Church of Saint George


Church of Saint George at Garipas
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At the north exit of the gorge Therisso and near the historical Boutsounaria we meet the settlement of Garipas. Garipas, beyond the natural beauty, hosts 2 ruined Byzantine churches with frescoes. One of these is the two-aisled church of St. George and St. Nicholas located on the main road. Saint George is at the western aisle and the east, St. Nicholas, has almost completely collapsed. This is a very old church, built probably during the Venetian period.

The temple bears frescoes on both aisles, some of them survive, although the church has no roof. It's really a shame for a monument of this size to have this chance and be left to its unjust fate. We still discern the frescoes of the martyrdom of St. George, St Constantine holding the cross with his mother St. Helen and some scenes from the Gospel texts.

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Additional Info

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

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