Church of Archangel Michael


Church of Archangel Michael at Episkopi
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One of the several Byzantine churches in the village Episkopi is that of Michael the Archangel, which is relatively larger than the rest old temples of the village. The temple was probably originally dedicated to the Synaxis of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel (celebr. Nov 8), as they both are illustrated with an embossed halo.

The church is a single-nave vaulted temple with frescoes dating back from the 14th century. The iconographic program includes scenes from the Christological cycle with emphasis on the cycle of the Passion, some of which, such as the Burial, the Stone and the Descent into Hell, have been placed in the sanctuary. In the main temple, on the north wall, a small cycle of the archangel Michael is depicted, while in the south, starting from the sanctuary, a zone is dedicated to the life of the Virgin Mary, where the righteous Simeon holds the young Christ.

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Additional Info

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

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