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Address: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Phone Number: +30 281 033 6316

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Nice Old Church

This nice old Church is adjacent to the Saint Minas Cathedral; it looks like it was renovated but was still closed for some reason; therefore we were not able to see the Icons... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 June 2015
Issa N
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Such wonderful artifacts and information in this small church. Hoprfully they will be able to move to a larger place soon to do real justice to what they have.

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Thank Lew512
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

This old church has been converted into a magnificent museum of Christian art after a seven-year closure. The results are nothing short of magnificent. The collection (mostly of Cretan icons) covers a long historical period. The critical and historical explanations are a demonstration of careful scholarship at its best. There is also ecclesiastical wood carving, silver, and garments. This is... More 

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Ferndale, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Some of the many icons displayed in this museum reminded me of Giotto fresco paintings, and no wonder. Some of the earliest were from the 14th Century, just after Giotto's time, and a few even depicted Old Testament events, much to my surprise. There are quite a number of icons by Angelos Akotantos, one of the early icon painters who... More 

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Αθήνα, Ελλάδα
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

This is a must see diamond ! Newly refurbished, this fantastic church built the 9th century is a jewel in the heart of the city. This used to be somehow a university during the cretan renaissance. Paintings from the cretan school, especially the fantastic, unique paintings of Damaskinos. Extra extra suggested !!! Do not miss it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

The church was part of a monastic school which became an intellectual centre on the island during the Cretan Renaissance. St. Catherine, houses a Museum of Religious Art.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

This nice old Church is adjacent to the Saint Minas Cathedral; it looks like it was renovated but was still closed for some reason; therefore we were not able to see the Icons Museum. We believe the Icons must be marvelous.

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Thank Issa N
Heraklion, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2012

A diferrent church and my favourite in Heraklion.Nowadays a museum, it hosts some great samples of cretan holy iconografy which is really scenic and vivid in colours.

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Southern California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

The church and museum are closed for renovation. There is no sign anywhere about it so we went several times in vain until we at last were told that it was not open.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

For the more erudite visitor, a sense of calm and history.

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