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Cathedral of St. Minas

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Cathedral of St. Minas

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Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Archaeological Site Entrance Ticket
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Skip the Line: Knossos Palace and Archaeological Site Entrance Ticket

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Nobody wants to waste vacation time waiting outside an attraction, especially in high temperatures. With this priority-access ticket to the Knossos archaeological site, you can breeze past ticket-purchase lines to explore what was the birthplace of Minoan civilization and according to myth, the seat of King Minos. Prebook your skip-the-line ticket, travel independently to the site, and roam the partially restored relics of Minos’ palace and courtyards independently.
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Florian254 wrote a review Oct 2020
Norddeutschland1,316 contributions695 helpful votes
I never expected a church with such an impressive interior in Heraklion, but here you are. Only a 5-10 minute walk from the lions place (just up the bazaar street and turn right into the fish street and continue for 300 m) this is really impressive inside. A lot of details to enjoy but the overall impression is very aweinspriring. Even if you only have 15 min left, just do it.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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David D wrote a review Sep 2020
Devon, United Kingdom8,145 contributions1,399 helpful votes
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Friday 28th August we were sightseeing and exploring Heraklion. It took a bit of figuring out what was going on here  but finally figured it out that there were 2 churches here. Firstly there was a small Church falling into disrepair and was fenced off so it was not possible to enter. This is dedicated to Saint Minas and the Presentation of Christ to the Temple (known as small Saint Minas) On the north side of this church (outside) there was a bomb on display. It was dropped next to the Church, by the Germans during the bombing of Heraklion in 1941. It was considered a miracle that the bomb never exploded. It's neighbour is a larger newer Cathedral dedicated to Saint Minas, the Patron Saint of Heraklion, whose feast is celebrated on November 11th. Building of the Cathedral commenced in 1862 and was completed in 1895. The two bell/clock towers dominate the skyline and can be seen some way off. One of the most eye catching features of the inside is the massive ornate chandelier suspended from the dome and it's gallery. The walls, ceiling and dome are covered with painted images of religious images and figures. All the features of the Cathedral combine to create a spectacular sight. It really is a must see in Heraklion.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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nldogbert wrote a review Feb 2020
Eindhoven, The Netherlands1,382 contributions381 helpful votes
A must visit with a beautiful exterior and interior. The interior has some really amazing frescoes and stained glass windows. The chandeliers in the interior are just magnificient. There is also a very historical clock which to me was very unique.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Deryck W wrote a review Jan 2020
Margate, United Kingdom484 contributions211 helpful votes
Stopped in Heraklion on our recent Cruise. A visit to the Cathedral of St. Minas will not dissapoint. Stunning Interior and a dramatic Exterior. Not to be missed.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Deryn H wrote a review Jan 2020
Waterlooville, United Kingdom2,105 contributions142 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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