The Religious monuments of Crete

Agios Vasilios

At the province of Agios Vasilios in Rethymnon prefecture we meet mostly small inactive monasteries that today retain only their temples.

Zoodochos Pigi church at Bale

At position Bale, just before entering the village of St. Basil in southern Rethymno, we meet the Byzantine church of the Life Giving Spring (Zoodohos Pigi). The church celebrates every year on the first Friday after Easter and is built on an elevated position which makes it easily visible from all sides.

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Church of Saint Onoufrios at Mariou

On the mountainside above the village Mariou at south Rethymnon we meet the cavernous church of Saint Onoufrios. The chapel celebrates on June 12 annualy. A relatively good dirt road that starts at the entrance of the village leads to the church. The small cave is located at the base of a steep vertical limestone rock that is home to many with endemic chasmophytes (plants that live or cracks and rocks). From this point the views of the villages and the bay of Plakias is unique.

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Agios Fotios and Anikitos Church

In an area literally hidden in olive trees and other trees below the village Selia, province St. Basil of Rethymnon we meet the temple of Saints Fotis and Anikitos. The chapel is reached through a dirt road from Sellia village. The church is small, oblong and single-spaced and with really austere exterior. The whole temple over the years has taken a strong slope since the area has probably collapsed and so the church leans on the sides.

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Church of Agia Paraskevi in Melambes

At the eastern end of the village Melambes, we meet the Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi bearing frescoes of the 14th century, divided in two phases. The temple is built next to a spring with cool water and covered by a large plane tree; even we meet the custom that the temples next to water springs were dedicated to Saint Paraskevi, the saint patron of the eyes.

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Panagia church at Kissos

The church of Panagia in Kissos, province Agios Vasilios, is located next to the village cemetery and is dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin Mary (celebr. 8 September). The original single-nave temple has been extended to the west in the early 20th century, when the impressive bell tower dating back to 1901 was added.

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Christ Church at Akoumia

The temple of Savior Christ is located at Akoumia of Agios Vasilios and is dedicated to the Transfiguration of the Savior (celebr. 6 August). The original single-nave church dates back to the 13th century and was later extended to the west, and now it is at a lower level than the ground. Inside there are frescoes of the 14th century, among which we can see the church's founders.

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Michael Archangel monastery (Finikas)

The small monastery of Michael Archangel is located at position Finikias, over the stream that forms the beautiful palm wood of Souda. Phoenix (Finikas), as it is known, was a dependency of the monastery Prophet Elias in Roustika and today belongs to the parish of Sellia.

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Saint John the Theologian church at Kissos

The church of Saint John the Theologian (Agios Ioannis Theologos) is located at the bounds of Kissos settlement, Agios Vasilios province and celebrates on September 26th. It is a small arched-roof temple of the 13th century, relatively tall compared to its other dimensions, founded on a natural rock. Impressive is the complete absence of windows in the walls, except for the sanctuary.

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