Panagias Keras Church
Panagias Keras Church
4.5
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Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia24,415 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient & Small Relic
    This 13th/14th Century Church is still in remarkable condition, considering its age! The interior & the religious frescoes are in poor condition but still well worth a visit. The water damage is bad in sections but some are very good and bright in colour & design. The site is very popular and can get crowded.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • RDS61
    Chester, United Kingdom2,037 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful frescoes and iconography
    If you are in this part of Crete, this small church must be visited. Built around the 13th century every internal wall is painted with beautiful frescoes with rich iconography. The entry free is €3 per person. It can easily be reached by car with some parking adjacent to the church. There is also a gift shop selling postcards, religious icons and other souvenirs.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • John P
    Melbourne, Australia1,166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Keep trying if it’s not open. It is well worth it!
    Don’t be put off if at first visit this church is closed. It is meant to open 10-230 every day except Tuesday, but sometimes things don’t go smoothly and a sign appears on he church door, not open today! But it is worth the effort of returning because the frescoes that line the walls are really remarkable though weathered to greater or lesser extent. Certainly it gives the visitor a glimpse of a further side of Cretan history and heritage. Many paintings are quite naive but mostly painted by local artists perhaps 600 years ago. Magical!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 19, 2024
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Skeney57
Sydney, Australia24,415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This 13th/14th Century Church is still in remarkable condition, considering its age! The interior & the religious frescoes are in poor condition but still well worth a visit. The water damage is bad in sections but some are very good and bright in colour & design. The site is very popular and can get crowded.
Written July 22, 2023
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Casalccrn
Sofia, Bulgaria376 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Were able to see just the exterior, since it was closed. Was told that the person responsible opens the place in very limited ours. So we went all the way from Chora Sfakion for nothing. It seems that the byzantine icons are filled with cement restauration !!!
Written July 2, 2021
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AfricaAtNewYears
Island of Malta, Malta435 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We took the 07:00 bus from Agios Nikolaos, passed the church on our way to Kritsá and walked back to get there for the 08:00 opening. Really special interior!
Written June 15, 2018
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giftbox
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
You can get local bus for 2euro from Ag nik to Krista and it drops off outside the church, stay as long as you want, then a 15 min walk into village of Krista with all lace and craft shops is well worth the visit
Written October 28, 2016
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Colin L
30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
This ancient church is set a little back from the main road about 1km east of the village of Kritsa. There is a bus stop nearby so it is easy to reach from Agios Nikolaios bus station. The exterior has been restored so is now rendered.

The church is under the care of the Greek Ministry of Tourism and Culture and entrance fee at the time of writing was €2.

The 13th and 14th century frescos are really interesting and well worth a visit if you are interested in art. It is very small so it does not take a great deal of time to visit.

Unfortunately the Greek authorities will not permit photography or imaging of any kind inside regardless of flash.

An English language leaflet describes the paintings and their history. A further English language book on local Greek churches is published by the Parish of the Holy Trinity Agios Nikolaos and can be purchased from the Ag Nik cathedral for €5. This contains black and white photos of this church and colour pictures of other local frescos.
Written July 12, 2014
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jmf846
United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A worthwhile experience, the church has wonderfully preserved fresco scenes of the life of Christ.
Our unplanned visit was enjoyable, would recommend to anyone who has an interest in art, history, or churches.
Written October 21, 2019
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Lesley L
Geneva, Switzerland64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This lovely little church, a short drive drive from Agios Nikolaos, contains remarkably preserved wall frescos depicting the life of Christ. Look out for the church benefactors, painted on the far left wall also the curious children's heads in the laps of the saints in heaven.
Written September 6, 2019
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borborbet
Melbourne, Australia296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were able to look through this church as part of our tour group.
There is a small entrance fee but the frescos are well worth it.
Written August 26, 2019
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Taxidiotissa
London, UK673 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
The church is just off the main road before you reach Kritsa, opposite the Paradise Taverna. If coming by bus from Agios Nikolaos, there is a stop outside. It's easier to visit Kritsa first and then walk back to the church as it's downhill from there - just be aware that the church closes at 3pm and isn't open on Mondays. There's a small entry fee of 2 euros which is well worth it to see some spectacular frescoes. The ones on the dome and the central nave depict the Presentation, the Baptism, the Raising of Lazarus and the Entry into Jerusalem. The central aisle is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Assumption. This area is the oldest, believed to date from the 13th century, the rest of the church from the early to mid 14th century. The south aisle has the best preserved ones depicting the life of the Virgin Mary and is dedicated to St Anne. The north aisle is dedicated to St Anthony with frescoes of the Second Coming and Judgement Day.
Written September 23, 2018
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handr40
Rose Bay, Australia374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
In remarkably good condition seeing as it is some 700 years old. The frescoes are very clear with quite different faces for the many characters represented. Given the turbulent history of Crete it is a wonder that hey were not defaced, yet alone destroyed.
Written June 2, 2018
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