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Address: Heraklion, Crete, Greece

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Best visit on Sunday morning

A majestic church that is best to visit on Sunday early morning in order to witness the divine liturgy with the outstanding chanting of Ioannis Damarlakis. The portraits of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Heraklion Prefecture, Greece
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Heraklion Prefecture, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

A majestic church that is best to visit on Sunday early morning in order to witness the divine liturgy with the outstanding chanting of Ioannis Damarlakis. The portraits of the saints on the temple, the walls and the ceiling are worth the visit. The church is the cathedral of Heraklion.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A great landmark in Heraklion, St Minas is the protector of the town. Lots of stories about it, including the unexploded WWII bomb near the building - taken as an example of the effectiveness of the saint's protection! Definitely worth seeing if you are in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The church of the "City Protector", St, Minas was protecting the christians from the Turks during the occupation of the island. The old, small church was the first one and is mentioned in Nikos Kazantzakis books, also with some of the legends of protector St.MInas. Next to the big church you can see a WWII bomb that was not explode... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This orthodox cathedral has one of the most beautiful ceilings I've ever seen. As for me, it looks more beautiful, than st. Titus cathedral. Also If you'll have a minute to visit this Cathedral, take a closer look at the chandeliers, which are just awesome!

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Victoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The best part of this Cathderal are the wonderful paintings on the ceilings. I'm under the impression that this is not a particularly old church which may be why the frescoes are still so rich in colour and intensity.

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Clent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Step inside this piece of religious history and take a look at this religious iconic church which is a unique sight that could easily missed if not found in busy Heraklion of people rushing everywhere and intense heat of the day

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The painting on the ceilings etc., very beautiful. Also very typical of Greek churches. The square outside it has some nice cafés to wile away an hour.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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