Cathedral of St. Minas
Cathedral of St. Minas
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andycoldham
Crawley, UK999 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I can only leave an average review as the cathedral was shut at the time of our visit (Sept 22) and two sides of the building was covered in scaffolding, as major renovation is clearly going on. That said the other two sides did provide an opportunity to get some nice photos. I was told the interior is stunning, so it's a real shame we could not go in.
Written September 15, 2022
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Deryn H
Waterlooville, UK2,450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We found this cathedral only by chance as we were heading back to our car, near the waterfront. It wasn't mentioned in our tourist leaflet. The outside is very solid and robust and inside it is very beautiful. It has the most lovely painted ceilings and wonderful use of light through the stained glass. There is also a massive light hanging down near the altar. There was a service taking place when we visited.
Written January 2, 2020
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JBG1
Leicester, UK798 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Having visited this cathedral during our last visit to Heraklion in 2018 we decided a revisit would be worthwhile.This is a cathedral of some significance so please ignore those who have left meaningless reviews and read those from people who actually sound sensible.When you enter it is a good idea to take a seat for ten minutes and absorb what you can see.Look up to the ceiling and view the magnificance of it.Then take a panoramic view around the cathedral itself taking in the splendor of the golden chandelier hanging from the centre.When you have done this explore the internal perimeter and look at the items which create interest for you personally.When you feel you have seen enough pause for a few seconds looking down towards the alter and think about what has taken place in this amazing building over time and what has been preserved for you to see today and then make up your own mind whether it was worth your time.
Written September 10, 2022
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Eliza
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
An imposing cathedral outside and in. It is perfectly preserved and stands majestic to sight.
Although it is a must-see for me, tourists should no forget that it is a place of worship amd should be treated like one, with the utmost respect.
Written November 9, 2021
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Savvas_Dr
Limassol City, Cyprus434 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It was built over the time period of 1862-1895. The construction was interrupted during the Cretan Revolution of 1866–1869. The church has a cruciform architecture with a central dome. The floor plan of the church has external maximum dimensions 43,20 m length and 29.50 width. A small and old church of Agios Minas is located in proximity of the cathedral and a surface area of 1,350 m2 and it is the largest cathedral in Crete and one of the largest in Greece. An old and small church dedicated to Agios Minas is located in the proximity of the cathedral.
Written November 7, 2019
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paterakisz
Heraklion, Greece20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Worth a quick visit. Located in the centre. Next to it is the Christian museum St Aikaterini. Negative is that outside are Roma, not Greek Gypsy beggars that have proffesion to ask for charity...
Written March 11, 2019
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mrbox
Cornwall, UK247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and no doubt there is always someone who has seen bigger and better. This is a place of special interest to me, as two of my friends were married here. It is small for a cathedral, but there are some lovely frescos and icon examples.
The occupying forces planted a bomb to blow the place up during world war two, in order to demoralise the people. It didn't explode, and all it did was to strenghthen the resolve. Hence the bomb on display outside. Worth a look if you like this kind of thing.
Written October 17, 2016
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TERRAvelista
London, UK18,342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
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 people inside. Loved it!!!
Written June 22, 2014
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Albatross199
British Columbia, Canada465 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
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.
Written June 18, 2014
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Graham B
Graham B
Devizes, UK41,461 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
We always make for Ekaterina Square whenever we visit Iraklion; it's a peaceful enclave in a bustling city and you would never believe you were just a hundred yards or so from the noise and traffic.

The square has a few restaurants and some benches beneath jacaranda trees from where the exterior of St Minas' can be seen in all its glory. There are also two much smaller churches in the square and together, they make an imposing sight.

The cathedral isn't especially old, having been constructed in the 19th century. Alongside it, you'll find the tiny, original church of Agios Minas which is usually locked although you can ask for the key in the cathedral. At the opposite side of the square is the church of Agia Ekaterina which houses a museum and the best collection of religious icons in Crete.

So, although the cathedral dominates the square by its sheer size, the other two churches are way more interesting, and much older. A lovely, shady spot to sit and while away half an hour or so before returning to the noise of Iraklion.
Written September 16, 2013
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