Religious Monuments of Crete


Christ Savior church at Pano Karkasa
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The church of Christ the Savior is located at Pano Karkassa, at the outskirts of the village of Anatoli in province Ierapetra and is dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ. The temple was part of the ruined monastery Karkassia, the cells of which were later rebuilt into the residences we see today next to it. The monastery of Karkassia owned the church of Saints Peter and Paul in Kato Karkassa.

The most important personality of the monastery of Karkassia was the monk Nilos Damillas (14th century), who was widely known for his authorial work and his anti-western ideas.

The single-nave temple bears frescoes of the late 14th century. The pictorial program includes scenes from the life of Christ, with Deesis in the sanctuary and the Second Coming dominating. Interesting is the scene with Abraham in Paradise at the scene of the Second Coming.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Peak Period: Venetian Era (1204 AD - 1669 AD)
  • Accessibility: Dirt track

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