Religious Monuments of Crete


Panagia Zerviotissa church at Stylos
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The church of Panagia Zerviotissa (i.e. left-handed) or Monastira is located east of the village Stylos, province Apokoronas. It is a 12th-century cruciform temple with an octagonal dome, each dome bearing a window on each side and supported by four pillars. The ground plan resembles a three-aisled basilica with three semi-cylindrical arches.

The external surfaces host blind arches. On the west arch of the south aisle there is a rectangular door with a relief arch, where part of a Roman inscription is embedded. There two-lobe windows, while the two lateral arches bear single-lobe windows. The temple was frescoed, as can be seen from the few surviving traces.

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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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