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.