Church of Saint George

Kournas

Church of Saint George at Kournas
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The church of Saint George at Kournas is one of the most important surviving Byzantine Monuments of Crete. It is built in a prominent position with panoramic views of the sea and probably operated as a monastery, and there are some traces of monk cells.

The original church was a three-aisled basilica (12th century), and later (13th century ) an extra aisle was added dedicated to Christ. In the 19th century, it was renovated and the belfry was built, while the interior parts were unified to form the current two-aisled church. The temple retains damaged frescoes of the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries. One of these represents two huge hands holding the Bible.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Peak Period: Venetian Era (1204 AD - 1669 AD)
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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