Religious Monuments of Crete


Church of Saint Anna at Thripti
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The Byzantine church of Saint Anne (Agia Anna) is located a few meters west of the settlement of Thripti and just above the beginning of the stream that forms the imposing canyon Ha. The church is a small single-roomed temple dedicated to the Dormition of Saint Anne (celebr. 25th July).

Its interior preserves frescoes of the late 14th and early 15th centuries. There are also engravings by travelers of the Venetian era, as are often met in chapels of the Cretan countryside.

According to the tradition above the entrance there used to be a wooden beam made of fig wood that read "I am fig, but I deserve a bit". Inside this beam there was a crypt where Christians hid gold coins and valuables in order not to fall into the hands of pirates.

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Additional Info

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

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