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An interesting church now an icon museum

The church, near St Minas Cathedral, was dedicated to St Catherine by the Venetians. During the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
PeteWLaw
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Ludlow, United Kingdom
Do not miss this small gem

The museum om Christian art in Heraklion is a little gem. The church in this museum is placed is a... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2018
Hans-Olof H
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Athens, Greece
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Karterou, Heraklion, Crete 71201, Greece
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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...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The church, near St Minas Cathedral, was dedicated to St Catherine by the Venetians. During the Turkish occupation of Crete it was converted to a mosque. It now holds the Museum of Christian Art - mainly a collection of very fine icons.

Thank PeteWLaw
Reviewed 25 September 2018

This is a Church and Icon Museum not too far from St Minas Cathedral. The building itself is also interesting, having been converted to / from a mosque over time. Worth a look if you're nearby during your travels in the area.

Thank SevenoaksSinjun
Reviewed 13 July 2018

The museum om Christian art in Heraklion is a little gem. The church in this museum is placed is a very beautiful building and gives you a religious experience. And the collection of icons is very impressive. They are all very interesting and beautiful. The...More

1  Thank Hans-Olof H
Reviewed 11 May 2018

If you like icons this is a fabulous little place. There are some really important works in here by Damaskenos and Akotantos.

1  Thank JRiddingtonY
Reviewed 28 March 2018

St Catherine icon museum has now re opened. I haven't visited yet - just jumped to the top of my to do list as I went twice when it was closed. A friend has just sent me some photos that look stunning.

Thank Debra G
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Cretan art of icons' painting was dominant at 14th and 15th century. Its expressive style is unique. You should give yourself the chance of getting the feeling of those painters putting faith and God love in their art. And this tiny museum is ideal for...More

Thank Konstantinos V
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Spent a wonderful morning in this tiny museum studying the icons, which I have to say I didn't know a whole lot about until I came here. The setting is also magnificent, in a small but beautifully restored church that was a mosque in a...More

Thank JudyWSWales
Reviewed 11 October 2017

This lovely old church sits right up next to St Minas in Heraklion. It was built in the 16th century. It now houses a collection of Byzantine icons, religious vestments, wall paintings and manuscripts across six centuries of Orthodox history (from 14th century onwards). It...More

Thank Belgo96
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The museum is small but it has a lovely collection including icons from the 14th century and works of Damaskinos. The entrance ticket costs 4 euro which I find reasonable (considering that a cold coffee in Heraklion costs approximately 3.5 euro :) ). I personally...More

Thank kate8801
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Old, beautiful icons which express the religious feelings of excellent icon painters in Crete. The musum is located in a beautiful old church.

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