The Religious monuments of Crete


The province of Amari at the foothills of Psiloritis Range and Mount Kentros was a great monastic center, with many countryside monasteries throughout its territory.

Church of Saint Nicholas in Amari

The province of Amari has a really large number of churches dedicated to Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos), as almost every village hosts one. Inside the residential area of the village of Nevs Amari there is the small single-nave arched church of Saint Nicholas.


Church of Archangels in Amari

In the cemetery of the village of Nefs Amari in the province of Amari there is the small single-nave arched temple of the Archangels (Taxiarches). The temple is dated to the Venetian occupation and above the entrance, on the exterior wall, there is a cross-shape series of round ceramics (pinakia) preserved.


Church of Saint Anne at Opsigias

The church of St. Anne by Opsigias is a double-aisled church (originally sibgle-aisled with an extra aisled attached later). The north wall collapsed in the 13th century and was rebuilt with West influences. The church was restored in 1960.


Church of Saint George at Opsigias

In the center of the village Opsigias we meet the cemeterial church of St. George, which has a very interesting doorway. The temple dates back from the 15th century and bears traces of frescoes.


Church of Panagia at Smilé

Below the settlement Vrisses at Province Amari we meet the ghost settlement Smilé, which has been abandoned by the mid-20th century. Smilé during the Turkish occupation was inhabited by Ottomans, but nevertheless it retained the Christian church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia), which survives until today in a tragic condition.


Church of Panagia Kryoneririssa

The church of Panagia Kryoneritissa is situated at an altitude of 1100m on Mount Kedros and belongs to the parish of village Vrysses. It takes its name (meaning Virgin Mary of Cold Water) after the nearby springs. It is a single-nave barrel-vaulted church dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi (Life Giving Spring) and bears interesting reliefs on the carved stone of the entrance.


Church of Panagia in Agia Paraskevi

The Church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) in the center of the small village Agia Paraskevi in the province Amari is an arched and single aisle temple dedicated to the Dormition of Theotokos (feast. August 15th). It is the oldest temple of the village, even older than the church of Saint Paraskevi which gives its name to the village.


Church of Saint George in Mourtzes (Fourfouras)

The Byzantine church of Saint George (Agios Georgios), dating from the early 15th century, is located in the rural position Mourtzes southeast of the village Fourfouras, province Amari. The small one-room arch-roofed temple is built on the site of an older one.


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