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Cathedral of St. Minas

Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #5 of 33 Attractions in Heraklion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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London, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Herakleion is a small city, and this is one of the smallest cathedrals I have seen. It's not worth going out of your way to see.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

the walls and ceiling are painted with beautiful scenes from the bible. Gold chandliers hung from the ceiling. IT is free to visit, and only a ten minute walk from the main square.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I was surprised by the scale of this beautiful building, not that it is large for a cathedral but it is very large compared to small traditional orthodox churches. The exterior is simple but the interior is elaborate with icons and detailed motif and massive chandeliers with icons on it. Tip. They put one of the bell on display outside,... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I reached the cathedral walking some good 10min away from the madness of Morosini fountain square with all it's tourists to be welcome by some good Cretan calm and closed shops unlike the shops with booming music located near Morosini fountain. Due to the late afternoon, everything was quiet in Ekaterini square where the cathedral is located and almost no... More

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BC, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

While Agios Minas (Cathedral of St. Minas) is not a very old cathedral (built 1862-1895), it is a very fine example of the style in which churches and cathedrals are built and decorated in Greece.With a capacity of 8,000 people it is also one of the largest cathedrals in Greece.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

A jewel set in a strange place. I found the city itself a strange place in general with pockets of beauty that were easily stumbled upon. This being one of them. The city itself is steeped in history, but is lost in piles of grafiti and often uneasy atmosphere. Bit be patient and stick to the main tourist areas. Parking... More

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Impressive and attractive architecture in a pretty, quiet square. Didn't go in as there was a service on.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

In some ways it is a very typical Orthodox style church however the Byzantine style art near the altar is gorgeous. I enjoyed my visit even though it was for a short time.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This cathedral is gorgeous inside and out, so be sure to pop in toappreciate the byzantine style art that covers the walls and decorates the domes.

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We could not manage to be on time to go inside the Church. However, it was beautiful from outside, late in the evening. The structure is in the heartof Heraklion town, in the Central area.

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