Cathedral of the Virgin Mary

Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, Neapoli

Cathedral of the Virgin Mary

Cathedral of the Virgin Mary
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Graham B
Graham B
Devizes, UK41,482 contributions
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We always love to spend a couple of hours in Neapoli, it's a working town that sees few visitors so it's a chance to see how the locals conduct their day to day lives. But one specific reason to stop by here today is to see the amazing cathedral dedicated the the Virgin Mary.

It stands in a lofted position above the main street in a pleasant, open courtyard on the site of a former mosque which was beseiged by locals and burned down in 1827, after which the new church was constructed. It is without a doubt, one of the most ornate in Crete, for during the 19th century, Neapoli was the seat of the Lassithi Prefecture, so any newly commissioned buildings had to be grand in every respect.

The cathedral's principal claim-to-fame are its four, ochre-coloured domes which can be seen from miles away. The inside is no less impressive with massive chandeliers and an amazing array of frescoes and icons, along with the elaborate murals that stretch away right up into all four cupolas. The church is usually open for visitors unless there is a service being conducted and photographs are allowed, for which I usually make a donation to the church funds.

The town's most famous son, Petros Philargos was born here in the mid 14th century and became Pope Alexander V in 1409 until his untimely death just one year later. His memory is celebrated to this day with a Holy Festival every 15th August.

One very definite reason to visit this lovely town.
Written September 20, 2013
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junior1907
Istanbul, Turkey188,468 contributions
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İn the middle of the town,this huge and nice Cathedral makes its good service to the neighbourhood.Very well protected.Good to see it.You will come close and see it in any case while touring the town centre.
Written July 18, 2015
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Denny142
Istron, Greece48 contributions
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A fabulous place to visit, especially if you are looking for something quiet and thought provoking. The stain glass windows and art work is breath taking. I took my sister on a special day when the church was also decorated with flowers, it couldn't get any better. After we had examined every part of the Cathedral, we took time out just to sit and soak up the atmosphere. Absolutely beautiful...
Written July 21, 2019
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Escape-overseas
Stevenage, UK1,755 contributions
Friends
Stopped off to view the Cathedral and take a walk in the town on our way back to the airport.
Built in about 1870 the building is relatively small & the interior adorned with wall and ceiling paintings and carved timber features. The centre piece is a substantial chandelier supported from the outer edge of the central dome. A strong smell of incense pervaded the comparably dark interior. Worth a visit, if only to light a candle to a loved one.
Written April 25, 2019
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PeteWLaw
Ludlow, UK1,783 contributions
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The cathedral is in the centre of Neapoli next to a tiny older church which is also worth a visit. The interior is very attractive with fine paintings in the dome and on the ceiling.
Written October 9, 2018
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jackie g
Cramlington, UK47 contributions
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when visiting crete, go in the lovely air conditioned buses and visit this small village of Neapoli. The church is amazing and breathtaking, I couldn't go in however the small chapel next door was just as nice.Right next to the church is a small police prison as well as a police station. There is a lovely churchyard park and treat yourself to a coffee in one of the lovely cafes .
Written July 1, 2018
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DIDDYDOM
Evesham, UK22 contributions
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Unfortunately we were unable to go in to have a look but the outside was beautiful, if you are in the area stop and have a look
Written June 25, 2018
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Barbara M
Neapolis, Greece26 contributions
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When you come into Neapoli over the bridge turn left at the T-junction then next right bearing to the left fork to get to the main square. There is parking on the left but if you prefer drive up to the top of the square and turn left at the end there is a large free car park next to the hospital. The Cathedral is worth a look as it is so pretty inside. The main square has several bars and cafes plus a restaurant at the top if you are stopping for lunch. Neapoli has some hidden treasures if you just venture into the web of back streets. Loads of little churches and some interesting architecture; don't forget to look up occasionally and watch your footing.
Written June 24, 2017
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helgamarkova
Moscow, Russia353 contributions
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It very large cathedral! Beautiful inside and outside. It's not very old, so not interesting as ancient place, but looks very interesting. If you are going near it, stay for a while here, look in!
Written November 26, 2016
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UkTrina
Peterborough, UK153 contributions
Couples
This place is stunning inside. Well worth a look just to see the artwork, painted ceilings and stained glass windows. If you are passing by do pop in and take a look.
Written September 19, 2016
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