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  • 1. Arkadi Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A place of pilgrimage for many Cretans, Moni Arkadi is also one of the most stunning pieces of Renaissance architecture on the island. The ornate...Read More

  • 2. Ayia Aikaterina

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nestled in the shadow of the Ayios Minas cathedral is one of Crete's most attractive small churches, named for St. Katherine and built in 1555...Read More

  • 3. Ayia Triada

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Lands at the northeast corner of the Akrotiri Peninsula, which extends into the sea from the east side of Chania, are the holdings of several...Read More

  • 4. Ayios Markos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 13th-century church is named for Venice's patron saint, but, with its modern portico and narrow interior, it bears little resemblance to...Read More

  • 5. Ayios Minas

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This huge, lofty cathedral, dating from 1895, can hold up to 8,000 worshippers, but is most lively on November 11, when Heraklion celebrates...Read More

  • 6. Ayios Titos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A chapel to the left of the entrance contains St. Tito's skull, set in a silver-and-gilt reliquary. Titus is credited with converting the islanders...Read More

  • 7. Etz Hayyim Synagogue

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This ancient landmark is tucked away in what was once the Jewish ghetto, a warren of narrow lanes known as Evraki, just off the harbor south...Read More

  • 8. Gouvernetou

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 16th-century, Venetian-era monastery on the north end of the Akrotiri Peninsula is said to be one of the oldest and largest remaining religious...Read More

  • 9. Janissaries Mosque

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Kastelli hill creates a backdrop to the Janissaries Mosque, the oldest Ottoman building in Crete, built at the water's edge when Turks captured...Read More

  • 10. Monastery of St. Peter and St. Paul

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Heraklion's oldest monuments, dating from the 13th century, has been been rebuilt many times over the years and has done duty as a church...Read More

  • 11. Neratze

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The most visible sign of the Turkish occupation of Rethymnon is the graceful minaret, one the few to survive in Greece, that rises above the...Read More

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