Seeking the majesty of the divine in Crete.
Crete has a centuries-old spiritual tradition, which is reflected in historical and religious monuments, temples, monasteries and chapels.
Crete is a land of saints. It has a long spiritual tradition, which includes its historical monuments, churches, monasteries and country churches, as well as its mountains, gorges and other places of rare natural beauty.
Religious tourism is not a new idea, something thought up recently. It is the oldest, the most important form of ‘‘tourism’’ in the history of mankind. Religious travel has its roots in the pilgrimages. Since antiquity the desire to embark on a journey for religious purposes has inspired people to express their religious sentiments, their deep faith and their reverence for God. The Municipality of Hersonissos has made it to its priorities to enhance the direct link between religion as a cultural phenomenon and tourism.
In the territory of the Municipality of Hersonissos you will find a considerable number of Churches worth a visit. The village of Avdou is dotted with frescoed Byzantine churches, such as the Church of St. Antonios, the Church of St. Georgios, the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Constantinos. In the village of Potamies there is also a remarkable church monument, the Monastery of Panagia Gouverniotissa (dedicated to the Virgin Mary) and in the Village of Kera the very famous and picturesque monastery of Kardiotissa, which is dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary.
The village of Episkopi has many interesting Byzantine churches, located in the vast area. Within the village are the Byzantine churches of Archangel Michael, St. Paraskevi, and St. Ioannis which contains frescoes. On November 11th there is a public holiday for the celebration of St. Minas, the patron saint of Episkopi, a very popular event for the visitors.
In the Municipal Unit of Hersonissos, in the Harbour of Hersonissos, you can find the remains of three early Christian churches reminding the existence of one of the oldest Metropolis in Crete, the Metropolis of Herronissos.
Agios Minas – Kimisi Theotokou (St. Minas – The Assumption of Mary)
A two-nave, barrel vaulted church that was built in 1882 – 1884. The north nave is dedicated to the Assumption…
Agios Ioannis Prodromos (St. John the Baptist)
It is a small, single-nave, barrel vaulted church, outside of which there is an arcosolium (an arched tomb – the…
Agios Antonios (St. Anthony)
It is a single-nave, barrel vaulted church with a landscaped yard that dates back to the early 15th century, or…
Agia Paraskevi (St. Paraskevi)
A small, single-nave, barrel vaulted church that is located on the south side of the square, which has the same…
Agios Vasileios (St. Basil)
According to tradition, the church of St. Basil was built on the spot where the icon of the saint was…
Agios Nicolaos and Agios Charalambos (St. Nicolaos and St. Charalambos)
A two-nave, semi-rock-hewn cave church in Skoteino village. The north nave, which is built lower than the south one, is…
Agios Kirikos and Agia Ioulita (St. Kirikos and St. Ioulita)
A single-nave, barrel vaulted church, built on a hill with a breathtaking view. It is a building of 1860; the…
Genesio tis Theotokou (Nativity of Mary)
It is a large single-nave church that was restored in 1901. The first dating of the original church is not…
Agios Konstantinos and Agia Eleni (St. Constantine and St. Helen)
A small single-nave, barrel vaulted church with two entrances: one on the south and one on the west side. The…
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Agios Georgios (St. George) – Annunciation
This is a two-nave, barrel vaulted church, which is an extension to an older one. The original single-nave, barrel vaulted…