Church of Saint Paraskevi at


Church of Saint Paraskevi at Vouvas
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In the center of the historic village Vouvas at Province Sfakia, just on the main street, we meet the centuries-old church of Agia Paraskevi dedicated to Saint Paraskevi. It is the oldest church of Vouvas and it was adorned by exceptional frescoes. Today only a small part of these frescoes survives. What makes this church unique in Sfakia is that it is the only one where we meet frescoes with sinners at the time of their punishment in hell.

Just above the entrance door and below the bell tower, there were five different panels (pinakia) that formed the shape of the cross, but no longer survive. The temple exterior hosts a very beautiful arcosolium (tomb) which belonged to the family of Liapis, one of the most historic families of Vouvas. On the feast day of Saint Paraskevi (July 26), the locals offer traditional products, meat and wine to the visitors.

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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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