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“Beautiful church tucked away on a back street”

Church of Afendis Christos
Ranked #9 of 34 things to do in Ierapetra
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed September 19, 2013

We arrived in Ierapetra to a howling wind and must have looked a comical sight as after parking the car for free by the harbour, we unfolded the huge paper map of the town we had bought earlier.

We had already decided what we wanted to see but then, we spotted this lovely church on the map, having overlooked it when we planned our trip yesterday. It takes a bit of finding, it's well set back from the seafront and is located on the junction of two back streets in a very unassuming area.

Its main claim to fame is it's two domes, both in red tiles. It was built in the 14th century and upon walking inside, we saw the beautfully carved iconostasis as well as the frescoes on the walls. It sits in a walled courtyard and appears to be in excellent condition. It also boasts a separate campanile which is built in the "wedding cake" style, more usually found in the Dodecanese islands. It is the oldest church in both Ierapetra and the entire Lassithi Prefecture and there are no notes that indicate that it was ever converted to a mosque under Turkish rule.

It's ten minute walk from the sea front, and you will need a street map to find it, but it's well worth the effort.

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