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.

Church of Saint George at Ancient Lyktos

The church of Saint George is located in the archaeological site of Lyttos. The temple is adorned with frescoes while under the church floor, mosaics of an early Christian Basilica were identified. It celebrates on April 13.


Panagia church at Mathia

The two-aisled church of St. John and the Virgin Mary at Mathia is the result of adding a second aisle (of the Assumption) in the 19th century to the existing single-aisled church of St. John. The nave of St. John bears frescoes from the 14th century with scenes from the Mariology and the Christological cycle. There are also murals of sinners.


Church of Saint Anthony at Meleses

Very close to Castel di Beto by the village Meleses we meet the Byzantine church of St. Anthony. The temple bears frescoes (traces) in bad condition.


Christ Church at Potamies

The Church of the Saviour Christ of the 14th century is located close to Potamies and is a single-nave vaulted temple with a pitched roof and the doorway on the west side of the church. It presents a simple architectural style with slightly pointed subsections.


Church of Saint Charalambos and Saint Nicholas at Skotino

The cavernous two-aisled church of Saint Charalambos and Saint Nicholas is located in the village Skotino, Province Pediada and has unobstructed sea views. Internally, because of being carved, it has an irregular shape and the two aisles are joined together with a large arch.


Church of Christ the Savior at Stamni

In the center of the village Stamni dominates the impressive three-aisled and cross-shaped church of Christ the Savior, which is dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ, St. Catherine and St. Paraskevi. The temple dates back from the 13th century and retains some traces of murals.


Church of Saint Vlassios at Stamni

In the cemetery of Stamni village, we meet the double aisled church dedicated to Saint Vlassios. The north aisle bears traces of frescoes and was built in the Venetian Era, while the south aisle and west facade was built in the 19th century.


Christ Church at Kastelli

At the village Kastelli, province Pediada, we meet the very old church of Christ. The temple bears Venetian frescoes of great artistic value.


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