Panagia Church at Kamara


Panagia Church at Kamara
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On the road that connects Ierapetra to Kalamafka we meet the small village Kamara. Its name comes after the bridge (kamara is an arch in local dialect) which linked both banks of the river Kalamafkianos. Kamara is a typical small rural village of the plain of Ierapetra. Before reaching the wild and impressive gorge of Kamara we meet the picturesque chapel of Panagia Kamariani. It is one of the three churches dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary) that are called Kamariani. Two more are located at Gerani (Rethymnon) and at Nea Alikarnassos, by Heraklion city.

The exterior space hosts beautiful floors decorated by mosaics and colorful stones. Inside the temple, which is not very old, has a few modern paintings on the west wall and a beautiful wooden iconostasis. The iconostasis we meet icons of the Holy Apostles. The icon of the Virgin Mary is of great importance and is full of offerings. The special importance of this church are the paintings on its exterior wall with the scene entitled ''The Holy Feast Day'' depicting musicians.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture
  • Type: Church
  • Peak Period: Modern Greek (1913-Today)
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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