Religious Monuments of Crete


Life Giving Spring church at Kavousi
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The church of Zoodochos Pigi is located at the position Sfakias and serves as the cemeterial church of the village Kavoussi. It is dedicated to the Theotokos and has the name of the Life giving Spring (Zoodochos Pigi), referring to the Marian pilgrimage of the same name in Constantinople.

It is a small, barrel-vaulted church in the interior of which a small section of its original wall painting decoration is preserved in poor condition. From the surviving representations it is clear that the iconographic programme of the church was based on the coexistence of two cycles: the Christological and the Akathist Hymn, which is introduced in monumental art from the beginning of the 14th century. In this case, it is obviously connected directly with the dedication of the church to the Theotokos.

Even though there are no secure chronological indications or other historical information, based on the exceptional quality of the decoration, it can be considered a work of an experienced workshop of the beginning of the 15th century.

The cemetery church of the Life Giving Spring celebrates on Friday of Bright Week, i.e. the week starting from Easter Sunday.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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