Church of the Holy Apostles at


Church of the Holy Apostles at Kavousi
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At the neighborhood Ligaras of the historic village Kavoussi we meet the impressive Byzantine church of the Holy Apostles . Ligaras gets its name after the hydrophylic plant ligaria as there is a spring (kavousi) that waters the village. Ligaras is the oldest neighborhood of Kavousi, which over the centuries developed around this spring.

The church of the Holy Apostles is the most important monument of Ligaras due to its age and the beauty of the frescoes. It is a single aisled vaulted temple with many frescoes that dates back between 1200 -1250. Despite the age, the frescoes that adorn every inch are kept in good condition and the actions of Archeologists have removed corrosion signs that dull old paintings in most Byzantine churches of Crete.

The subjects include several scenes from the Old Testament, 13 different depictions of the life cycle of Christ and a striking frescoe of the Virgin during the birth of Christ. There are also scenes with sinners at hell. The temple of Holy Apostles has two layers of hagiography (first from the 14th century and the newest of the 15th century).

The temple is accessible only on foot, after wandering in the very narrow alleys of the village. The temple has a spacious yard with views down to the valley of Kavoussi and the sea. A few meters above the temple we see the remains of the Byzantine wall that once protected the village against attacks.

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Additional Info

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

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