Saint Catherine Church


Saint Catherine Church at Kandanos
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One of the many old churches that adorn the village of Kandanos is Agia Aikaterini (Saint Catherine) celebrating on November 25. It is a very old church. For years he was semi-ruined and without a ceiling, therefore the frescoes got severely damaged. In recent years the Mayor of Kandanos restored the temple and its courtyard. The floor of the church is about one meter below the road level and this has resulted in serious problems with floods. Externally there is no plaster.

Internally we can observe the remains of the old paintings. We can see the Archangel Michael, the Virgin Mary, Christ, Saint John the Baptist, and the figures of two martyrs. The best-preserved part of the wall is located in the apse of the sanctuary. On the right wall just after the entrance, there is still a part of an inscription. Another striking feature that makes Saint Catherine charming is the mantel around the interior of the temple which was also painted. The temple was built on the site of an older Christian church (there is still part of an ancient column).

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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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