Church of Two Rocks


Panagia church of Two Rocks
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Outside the village of Fres, province Apokoronas, inside a ravine at the really beautiful position Koukou we meet the temple of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Two Rocks. Once a rock detached from the mountain and rolled down the slope. Atop of the rock, the church of Panagia was built. Adjacent there is another rock, both forming an impressive scenery.

The church was built in the late 13th century and is one of the most important Byzantine monuments in the province of Apokoronas. Like most churches of that period, Panagia has its own legend denoting people's faith in god. So, according to legend once a woman took her daughter and came to that place to have their goat grazing. Sometime, while the little girl was cutting greens from the cliff's edge to feed the kid, it slipped and fell down. When her mother saw the child falling, she cried out "My Virgin Mary"! Panagia then saved the child and her mother built the church in her honor.

The church was painted by an unknown folklore artist in the end of the 13th century, however the frescoes have undergone serious damage by the candles and the several conquerors of Crete who did not respect Christians. The quarter sphere of the niche of the sanctuary depicts Panagia Platytera and in the drum the Hospitality of Abraham. Lower saints appear standing under the arches, while in the main arch, ordinary scenes of the evangelical and theomitary cycle are narrated. On the south wall are located Mary of Egypt and abbot Zosimas.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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