Crete was a province of the Byzantine (East Roman) Empire from the 4th century A.C. until 1204 when it was ocuupied by the Venetians. During the byzantine period, the local inhabitants turned to the Christian Religion.
There are numerous byzantine monuments over the island. More than 300 byzantine churches, chapels and monasteries are presented in Crete TOURnet, constituting probably the richest existing online guide of byzantine monuments with photos.
Some of the most important byzantine monuments in Crete are: