The Religious monuments of Crete

Agios Vasilios

Saint Photine Church at Preveli
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The church of Saint Photine (Agia Fotini) is located east of the Preveli Monastery and very close to the imposing Kourtaliotis gorge and the beach of Preveli. It is a small single-nave with a simple exterior, with only one decorative element; a cross with four pinakia (ornamental round ceramic plates) above the entrance.

The interior of the temple is adorned with frescoes of the late 14th or early 15th century. The good quality frescoes follow the Paleologean tradition (from Constaninople) with some folklore influences. The iconographic program includes the usual evangelical scenes, various hierarchs and saints, as well as scenes from the life of Saint Photine. 

Fotini in Greek means "bright"

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Additional Info

  • Location: Rethymnon Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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