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The Byzantine and Venetian Churches of Crete

The church portal with the Latin and Greek inscriptions, Moni Agias Triadas
The church portal with the Latin and Greek inscriptions, Moni Agias Triadas
There is historical evidence for the existence of more than 5,000 Byzantine and Venetian churches in Crete. Byzantine churches were built during the first and second Byzantine Period as well as during Venetian rule (13C to 17C). It is difficult to separate completely the Greek Orthodox from the Catholic churches. The same church may have been used for the one or the other religion at different periods, or even in the same period. In general, in the large cities, the dual nature of the Orthodox and Catholic churches is evident from the external appearance. In the countryside however, because of the vast predominance of the Orthodox population during Venetian rule, it can be assumed that the very large majority of the small churches that exist in Crete were Orthodox, with few exceptions.

Photos of The Byzantine and Venetian Churches of Crete:


The Venetian church Timios Stavros, Moni Toplou
The Venetian church Timios Stavros, Moni Toplou
The spectacular facade of the Arkadi Monastery church
The spectacular facade of the Arkadi Monastery church
The Byzantine church of the Panagia Kera in Kritsa
The Byzantine church of the Panagia Kera in Kritsa
A detail of the church facade, Moni Gouvernetou
A detail of the church facade, Moni Gouvernetou
The church portal with the Latin and Greek inscriptions, Moni Agias Triadas
The church portal with the Latin and Greek inscriptions, Moni Agias Triadas