Religious Monuments of Crete


The province of Ierapetra has hosted a large number of monasteries that do not operate today, mainly in the mountainous regions of Dikti near the borders with the province of Viannos and in the mountain range of Thripti.

Panagia Church at Kamara

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.


Agios Nikolaos church at Chrissi island

The church of Agios Nikolaos is located on the northern side of the island Chrissi, at the site where Tyrian purple was produced and graves are located. It dates back to the 13th century, although it has undergone more recent interventions. The temple is built on the site of an ancient building.


Church of Saint George at Episkopi

At the centre of Ierapetra plain we meet the village of Episkopi (i.e. diocese). Its name is due to the fact that during the Byzantine period it was the seat of a bishop. Almost in the center of the village we find the impressive church of Agios Georgios and Agios Charalambos. 


Church of Saint Anthony at Mirtos

Saint Anthony is the central temple of Myrtos. The temple is small, single-nave and dedicated to St. Anthony and the Ascension of Christ. We don’t know the exact date of its foundation, but it is surely mentioned on a map of the early 15th century and is believed to have been built before 1200.


Saint George Church at Kavousi

For the usual practices of eastern Crete, the church of Saint George at Kavoussi, is a barrel-vaulted church of large dimensions with two wings on the west side which create a T-shaped narthex. The great length of the church may have resulted from an extension to the east during a second construction phase.


Saint George Church at Kato Prina

At position Kato Prina between the villages Prina and Meseleri we meet the church of St. George, nicknamed the “secret school”. The Byzantine church of Saint George is very well hidden in a hillside surrounded by very dense vegetation of shrubs, trees and gardens.


Holy Cross Church at Kastelana

The church of Holy Cross (Timios Stavros) is built on the top of an impressive rocky hill at an altitude of 750m with stunning views of Ierapetra. Inside, it bears some frescoes from the Venetian era.


Saint George church at Kastelana

The church of Saint George (Agios Georgios) is a single-nave vaulted temple and bears well-preserved 13th and 14th century wall paintings. The temple seems to have functioned as a convent, as evidenced by the ruins of buildings that were probably the monks' cells.


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