Religious Monuments of Crete


Church of Saint Charalambos in Paliama
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The impressive two-naved church of Agios Charalambos and Panagia is preserved in the green valley with the deserted settlement of Paliama. The temple interior bears fragmentary traces of frescoes, but its main feature is the presence of ancient architectural parts on the walls. These ancient parts apparently originate from some early Christian basilica that existed here.

According to experts, the name Paliama derives from the phrase paliomonastiro (Old Monastery) and comes from the church of Agios Charalambos that once operated as a small monastery. This probably operated during the Venetian occupation. According to tradition, the monks during the Turkish occupation abandoned the monastery and took refuge in the Monastery of Paliani, near Venerato.

Walking to the lush green place is a great experience and can be combined with a visit to the nearby monumental olive tree of Paliama.

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Additional Info

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

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