Church of Saint George


Church of Saint George at Embaros
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The church of St. George at center of the village Embaros is the most important Byzantine monument in the wider area. The church was built in 1436 and bears frescoes drawn by the painter Manuel Fokas in the 15th century.

On the western wall of the temple there is an inscription with the date 1437 and reference to the Byzantine Emperor John Palaeologus. Despite the severe damage caused by the Ottomans during the various Cretan Revolutions, most of the frescoes were kept pretty well especially till 1920. Since then they were largely damaged by moisture and were restored lately by the Archaeological Service.

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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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