Religious Monuments of Province


The province of Pediada hosts one of the most important religious parks in Crete, with numerous painted temples and deserted monasteries scattered all around. Prominent in number and aesthetic value of monuments is the area around today's Episkopi, which was the seat of the Diocese as its name reveals.

Kastri Early Christian Basilica at Hersonissos

The Early Christian Basilica on the hill Kastri, above the port of Hersonissos, was one of the largest in Crete (dates back in 5th century). It was three-aisled and its floors were covered with wonderful mosaics.


Church of Michael Archangel at Kaminos

Kaminos is a very fertile valley with thousands of olive trees belonging to three settlements: Skalani, Prassa and Kallithea. Kaminos was a Medieval settlement, today disappeared, that hosted three temples; the churches of Archangel Michael, the church of Christ and the church of Saint Demetrius.


Holy Trinity Church near Agararathos

The church of Holy Trinity (Agia Triada) is located east of the village Hohlakies and close to Galifa village. It operated as the temple of a small monastery, which operated as a dependency of Agarathos monastery. An inscription testifies that the church was renovated in 1602, confirming its long history. The church does not bear frescoes, but impresses with its size.


Saint Demetrius church at Galifa

Saint Demetrius by Galifa operated as a monastery during the Venetian Era, as evidenced even today by the dispersed traces of monk cells around. The doorway is impressive with a relief representation of Saint Demetrius on horseback. The small monastery was a dependency of Agarathos monastery.


Saint George Klidas by Katalagari

The church of St. George Kleidas is located at a beautiful site close to Katalagari village and is the temple of a small monastery that operated here during the Venetian period, probably as a dependency of a larger monastery. The name Klidas is probably taken after the surname of the founder or owner of the land.


Saint Minas monastery at Aposami

About one kilometer southeast of the village Skalani, Heraklion Province, at the position Aposami survives today the medieval monastery of St. Minas. Built at a very fertile area amid vineyards and olive groves endures until today the fate of abandonment and desolation as so many unknown treasures and monuments of Cretan countryside.


Panagia Kardiotissa church, Aitania

At the entrance of the picturesque village Aitania,.at Pediada province, Heraklion, on the way from village Episkopi we meet the picturesque church of Panagia Kardiotissa. The church is cemeterial and is dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin. It is a very picturesque church, of the many that adorn the wider region of Episkopi, where we meet many Byzantine churches.


Church of Saint Phocas Church at Episkopi

In a rural area of Episkopi, province Pediada, by Heraklion we meet the forgotten and unknown to almost everyone St Phocas (Agios Fokas). Agios Fokas is a ruined church that nowadays has turned into a pile of stones. Only a part of the south wall is preserved today and will soon collapse.


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