Church of Saint Paraskevi


Church of Saint Paraskevi at Koulbado
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In many places of Crete we meet churches where the locals buried the unbaptized babies, called telonia. Similarly, in the mountainous west Crete they dropped them in caves'. What is interesting about the churches that they used to bury the unbaptized children is that they are usually honored in the name of Santa Paraskevi. One of the most important churches used for burying telonia is located by Kritsa, at position Koulbado. This temple is also very important as it is a single-aisle temple, probably built in the Byzantine Era (indicated by the typical ceramic bricks met in Byzantine churches).

Locating its position is almost impossible as it is far enough away from Kritsa and it is surrounded by incredibly dense vegetation. Agia Paraskevi today unfortunately remains unknown and ruined without a roof for years or centuries and all this despite the fact that this is a really important monument of the area. The church bears high artistic value frescoes, which are unfortunately exposed to bad weather and humidity of the rains. Even today we can discern some Saints and the Assumption and the best preserved representation is that or Our Lady of Heaven on Sanctuary. The church's interior is full of vegetation.

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Additional Info

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

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