Religious Monuments of Crete


Kato Agios Georgios church at Kapistri (Stavros)
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The village of Stavros near Ierapetra, formerly known as Kapistri, preserves quite a number of temples, indicating its flourishing course in the past. One of the most impressive temples is located a few meters south of the settlement and is called Kato (Lower) Saint George.

The church of Saint George in Kapistri is the result of the addition of a transverse aisle to the original 14th-century single-storey church, forming a shape T. We come across scenes from the Christological cycle (e.g. Birth, Baptism, Presentation of Jesus) and Saint George's martyrdom. Next to the iconostasis we see Saint George with an embossed wreath, used as a pilgrimage icon.

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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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