Agios Titos Church

Agios Titos Church, Heraklion

Agios Titos Church
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David D
Devon, UK15,142 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Friday 28th August and we visited this Church situated in Agiou Titou Square, off 25 is Avgoustou, in the centre of Heraklion .

A former 19th century Mosque, which explained why it did not look like a traditional Greek Church. It has a number of arched windows and entrance door with a round window above that.

The Chuch is topped with a white/silvery dome with a small cross above it. From the outside the dome it appears to be small as it is concealed by the parapet of the Church. Inside is a different story, it is very big, with a gallery with arched coloured glass windows all around it.

A very ornate carved chandelier, suspended  from the domed ceiling, is one of the main features of the Church.

A wooden screen (reredos), towards the rear of the Church is adorned with religious images.

Even the interior is rather different from other Greek Churches, not as ornate or colourful.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written September 7, 2020
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nldogbert
Eindhoven, The Netherlands2,672 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a building that has gone and seen through the history of the island, going through different phases of being converted from different religion and being destroyed by earthquakes. In the current state, the interior of this building is very different than it's exterior. The interior seems to reflect a much more modern Orthodox church. Well worth a visit to admire the interior.
Written February 11, 2020
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,208 contributions
May 2019
This wonderful church is close to the Morosini Fountain (lion fountain). Worth a visit, especially for history buffs. Titus, also known as Titus the Apostle, lived in the first century and was a Cretan of noble birth. He was given his title probably because he was an associate of St. Paul. What we see today is not the original church, but the third or even the fourth incarnation of the original at this site, which was built in AD961, when the Byzantines re-conquered Crete from the Arabs. Then, when the Venetians conquered Crete, the building became a Catholic church. Later, under the Ottomans, it became a mosque !!! Finally, when Crete became an integral part of Greece after WW1, it reverted to being a Greek Orthodox church. Over the years, it suffered fire (totally destroyed), an earthquake (again totally destroyed), and was modified in many ways by its various owners. The most valuable relic here, for hundreds of years, was the skull of St. Titus. This precious relic was sent to Venice for safe-keeping during the Ottoman rule. It was brought back here in 1966.

Even if you have no interest whatsoever in its history, the church itself is really beautiful inside, though not so impressive from outside. Really worth a visit. If you go, don't forget to grab a leaflet in English, describing in great detail the history of the church, and of St. Titus.
Written April 30, 2020
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swisstraveller
Berne529 contributions
Oct 2020
Whilst walking around the old town of Heraklion, we discovered this beautiful church by "mistake", and I am really glad for that "mistake" :-). I am not at all an expert on greek orthodox churches, but I really enjoyed this church - it felt really right, on all terms. The coloroured glass windows are beautiful, the icons also, and its not to hectic and too golden, as I sometimes feel in greek orthodox churches. We enjoyed lighting some candles for my late dad.
Written October 17, 2020
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
Sep 2020
An orthodox church in the tourist area, with a great facade. One can enter, and it has some interesting modern stained glass windows, as well as the typical iconostases. It also has a narthex where candles are burning and one can buy trinkets as well as candles.
Written September 8, 2020
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Deryn H
Waterlooville, UK2,181 contributions
Oct 2019
We visited her with friends whilst touring the area. It is a very lovely church. Very spacious inside with beautiful carvings. There was a wedding about to take place but the 'officials' still allowed us a quick visit inside. Outside they were gently trying to move on some stray dogs that were sunning themselves on the steps, so that the bride could make her entrance. Very amusing.
Written January 2, 2020
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,233 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
It was only a quick visit to the city so we didn’t have time to explore much. This wonderful church though dominated the square where we had dinner and made for a lovely backdrop.

It is right by the very popular Lion Square and the structure is beautiful. The history of this town is amazing and this church has seen it all.

We didn’t have time to go inside but it dominates the square and proudly has the Greek flag flying up high.
Written September 16, 2020
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Maribel S
Mexico City, Mexico59 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Very pretty Greek orthodox church, right in the center streets of Heraklion, Crete. It is a great place to visit, and spend a few moments admiring its wonderful paintings in silence. The Church is used for masses, so visits have to be very respectful and non-disturbing. If you ever go to Crete, this is a place not to miss.
Written January 3, 2019
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Karin and Filip
Eeklo, Belgium2,179 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Located in the August 25th street. The church was dedicated to Agios Titos, disciple of Apostle Paul and first Bishop of Crete. During Turkisch occupation the church was turned into a Mosque. After the earthquake of 1856 it was completely destroyed and rebuilt as an Ottoman Mosque. In 1925 it was renovated and turned into a Orthodox Church.
Written July 1, 2018
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Florian254
Norddeutschland1,385 contributions
Sep 2020
A nice litte church, not very impressive or architecturally special, but with a nice interior, some nice paintings and a couple of surprising views. If you are there anyway just make the short detour and visit.
Written October 8, 2020
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