Byzantine Churches in Heraklion Crete

St. Antony Church Vrontisi Monastery Heraklion Crete

Crete has several beautiful Byzantine Churches that we recommend visiting during your stay in Herakion, Crete.

The Byzantine Church of Panagia (Annunciation of the Virgin Mary)

The Church of Panagia is a cross-domed temple with exquisite frescos. It is the oldest church in Avdou village and a wonderful example of Byzantine religious architecture.

The Byzantine Church of Agia Anna

The Church of Agia Anna is a cavernous temple, located at an altitude of 760 meters, in a marvelous setting. The church is Venetian in style and has two doorframes with intricate carvings and stunning decorations.

The Byzantine Church of Agios Antonios

This church is a combination of archaic, 14 th century and contemporary features. The 14 th century frescos are unique that they are the only monochrome frescos in Crete, but also for their liveliness and intensity.

The Byzantine Church of Agios Constantinos

The Church of Agios Constantinos is famous for its frescos, which are in a relatively poor state. On the arch is a mural of the prelates, while in the sanctuary are murals of Agios Gerogios, Agios Nikolaos and Agios Fanourios. A mural of the

Ascension of Christ decorates the northern wall. The western wall is adorned with a mural of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Archangel and hell.

The Byzantine Church of Agios Georgios

The 14 th – 15 th century murals in the Church of Agios Georgios are splendid and are believed to be the works of Agios Constantinos, Manouil and Ioannis of Fokades.

The Byzantine Church of Panagia Pantanassa

This is a small, arched church that was constructed in 1600. It contains a superb black-marble sanctuary door, exquisitely carved with the busts of Christ, the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist.

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