Church of Saint Charalambos

Sfakia

Church of Saint Charalambos at Sfakia
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East of Sfakia, on the beach of Ammoudi, above Ammoudi we meet the church of Agios Haralambos. This is a typical cavernous chapel of the coasts and inland of Sfakia province. It is quite spaceous because it is built in a relatively large cave. The location of the cave can be accessed via a short path that starts from the beach, but there is also a road that reaches the place. Outside the cave there is a large courtyard where all Sfakians meet annually (February 10) and celebrate Saint Charalabos. In front of the cave temple is formed a small beautiful pebble beach with crystal clear waters almost nobody visits.

Agios Charalambos was always very important for Sfakiots as they thought that he protected them from plague. Plague on the island was deadly and depopulated whole villages from death. This is why temples dedicated to St Charalabos were built at the entrances of the villages (from where the disease would try to get into the village). Chora Sfakion was accessible through the sea, therefore the church was built right on the shore. Throughout the province of Sfakia we meet three temples honored to Saint Charalambos and it is no coincidence that all of them were built on the shore.

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Additional Info

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

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