Holy Spirit Church at

Limnakaro

Holy Spirit Church at Limnakaro
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The church of Agio Pnevma (the Holy Spirit) is a two-aisled basilica in the northwest corner of the plateau. With the addition of the second aisle, it now looks like a three-aisled church facing north, with the middle aisle higher than the others. The oldest aisle is dedicated to the Transfiguration and dates from the Venetian period. It contains fragments of wall paintings, meaning that it was built before the middle of the 15th century. On each side of the main entrance (now shut) and in the chancel are arcosolia, arched recesses used as tombs.

On the feast of the Holy Spirit there is a great festival here attended by crowds of people. During the service, the shepherds head their sheep in the church, where they are blessed by the priest. The service of the Great Hours is also held here on the morning of Good Friday. The Epitaphios (Christ's bier, containing an icon of Christ after the Descent from the Cross) is decorated with flowers from the surrounding area, and then carried in procession through the idyllic landscape. It is an experience not to be missed.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Peak Period: Venetian Era (1204 AD - 1669 AD)
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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