Towns in Crete


Church of Agios Georgios Kavousotis in Kritsa
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The single-nave church of Saint George (Agios Georgios) Kavousiotis is located south of the village of Kritsa at position Kavoussi. Externally it retains an arcosolium, that is, an arched grave of the Venetian Era. Its interior retains a fragmentary fresco decoration dating back to the early 14th century and attributed to two painters with different styles.

The frescoes include evangelical scenes and nine scenes from the life of Saint George. In the conch and the east wall of the sanctuary, we see the Pantocrator, hierarchs, and Holy Mandylion. In the arch, we see the Ascension between the prophets David and Solomon. The side walls of the sanctuary are dominated by figures of hierarchs

The evangelical scenes of the Nativity, the Presentation, Lazarus, and the Resurrection are met in the western part of the arch. In lower levels, there are scenes of Saint George. These frescoes reveal the painter's willingness to depict them realistically. The same holds for the Archangel guard at the entrance and the rider Saint George on the south wall.

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Additional Info

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


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