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The Single-Roomed Church

Agios Stefanos Church in Drakona
Agios Stefanos Church in Drakona
Another architectural style developed later when the Byzantine empire was suffering from the attacks by the Crusaders, Arabs, and pirates, was simply composed of a single rectangular room (monohoros). The large majority of the churches of Crete are of this style. These churches are often very small, and they do not have an impressive external appearance. However, their carefully chosen location often has an exceptional view and their interior decoration with frescoes will reward inspection.
Examples of such churches in Crete are Agios Stefanos in Drakona, Kissamos (9C) and the Panagia of Gonia, Kissamos (12C), and the single-aisled church of Agios Nikolaos in Agios Nikolaos, which is also domed (8C or 9C), Afentis Christos, Potamies; the Panagia, Agios Ioannis, Sfakia; Agios Georgios, Komitades; Agios Antonios, Avdou; Agios Georgios, Apodoulou; the Panagia, Alikambos; Michael Archangelos, Arhanes; Agia Pelagia, Ano Viannos; Agii Apostoli, Lithines.

Photos of The Single-Roomed Church:


Agios Georgios Church, Komitades
Agios Georgios Church, Komitades
The Byzantine church of the Panagia in Alikambos
The Byzantine church of the Panagia in Alikambos
The chapel of Afentis Christos, Potamies
The chapel of Afentis Christos, Potamies
The Byzantine church of Agia Pelagia in Ano Viannos
The Byzantine church of Agia Pelagia in Ano Viannos
The Byzantine church of Michael Archangelos in Asomatos
The Byzantine church of Michael Archangelos in Asomatos
The Byzantine church of Agii Apostoli in Andromili, Lithines
The Byzantine church of Agii Apostoli in Andromili, Lithines
The Byzantine church of Agios Georgios Xifoforos in Apodoulou
The Byzantine church of Agios Georgios Xifoforos in Apodoulou
Agios Antonios Church in Avdou
Agios Antonios Church in Avdou
Agios Stefanos Church in Drakona
Agios Stefanos Church in Drakona