Religious Monuments of Crete


Early Christian Basilica at Ini
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The Early Christian Basilica of Ini is located among olive groves on the site Ellinika, southeast of Kefala hill. It is a three-aisled basilica dating back to the 6th century and because of its large size (32m x 18m) it is believed to have been the seat of the Diocese of Arcadia located near the current village Afrati.

The basilica ends in a semicircular arch to the east and its aisles are separated by walls and columns, while the interior flooring was made of clay slabs in the sanctuary. The temple was richly decorated as evidenced by the marble architectural parts, among which are cross-shaped boards with twisted columns of the altar. Decorative engravings on the mortar are also interesting.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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