Religious Monuments of Pediada


Saint George church at Toupaki
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Saint George (Agios Georgios) church is located at the beautiful pine-wooded position Toupaki, near Episkopi. It was the temple of a small monastery, which since 16th century was a dependency of the monastery Agarathos. The church preserves a built post-Renaissance iconostasis (icon shrine), probably from the beginning of the 17th century, with a pointed gate in the middle. Externally there is the old tank of the monastery that has been formed into a room. In recent years, benches and tables have been installed for the festival of Agios Georgios.

The church bears excellent frescoes of the 15th century at almost the whole extent of the walls. Due to its stylistic resemblance to the frescoes of Saint George in Embaros, it is linked to the painter Manuel Focas. In addition to the usual Christological circle, scenes of which are also developed in the sanctuary, the main temple is illustrated with scenes from the circle of Saint George on the elongated walls and the Second Coming on the west wall. The lower part of the north wall is occupied by two large scenes. On the one hand, Saint George and the Dragon with the interesting detailed representation of the town of Alasia, on the ramparts of which we can see the king, and on the other side, Zosimas of Palestine with Mary of Egypt. Among them, below the window, is the rare but worn-out figure of Saint Bartholomew. It is worth looking at the engravings with the names of the travelers of that time written in Latin.

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Additional Info

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

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