Religious Monuments of Crete


The province Apokoronas is dispersed with several painted temples, imposing churches and abandoned countryside monasteries. The most popular monastery, restored lately, is dedicated to Saint George and is located at Karydi.

Church of Agia Paraskevi at Dramia

The chapel of Agia Paraskevi is accessed via the road leading to Episkopi, Rethymno, from Dramia village, Apokoronas. It is a very small cavernous rock built at the west bank of Mouselas river, that starts from Argiroupoli springs. It is a weird chapel, with irregular sides, with a unique shape in Crete.


Black Panagia at Vamos

The huge platan trees around it hide its presence. Behind the chapel there is a small dark cave, where the tradition wants a shepherd to have found the icon of Panagia and then decided to build the church. The blackened ceil of the cave inspired the name of the church, which locals call Mavri Panagia (i.e. Black Virgin Mary).


Church of Saint Nicholas at Maza

The church of Saint Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) Maziotis is located in the village of Maza, province Apokoronas. It is a small single naved arch-roofed temple dating back to the 13th century. Its interior has impressive frescoes by the famous hagiographer of western Crete, Ioannis Pagomenos, who is believed to be buried on the floor of the temple.


Panagia church at Kefalas

The church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) in Kefalas, province Apokoronas, is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos and celebrates on August 15th. The pillars and its enclosure date back to the mid-19th century and bear Venetian architectural elements.


Panagia Sourouthiani Church at Alikambos

The church of Panagia Sourouthiani or Sirothiani is located in the outskirts of the village Alikambos in the province of Apokoronas, very close to a spring with fresh water. It is a small single-nave church dedicated to the Dormition of Theotokos (celebr. of August 15th) which is externally decorated with round ceramics called pinakia.


Saint John the Theologian church at Armeni

The single-nave arched church of Saint John the Theologian (Agios Ioannis Theologos) is located in the central square of the village Armeni, province Apokoronas. The church was built in the 16th century on the site of an older 13th-century domed temple, which in turn was built on the site of the central aisle of a 6th-century Early Christian basilica.


Panagia Zerviotissa church at Stylos

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.


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