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"14th and 15th century Byzantine frescoes at Kritsa" Kritsa Tip by angiebabe

Kritsa, Crete Island: 9 reviews and 29 photos

  Byzantine frescoes at Kritsa
by angiebabe
  • Byzantine frescoes at Kritsa - Crete Island
      Byzantine frescoes at Kritsa
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  • Byzantine frescoes - Crete Island
      Byzantine frescoes
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  • the church of Panayia Kyra at Kritsa - Crete Island
      the church of Panayia Kyra at Kritsa
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  • 14th and 15th century Byzantine frescoes at Kritsa - Crete Island
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      approaching Kritsa
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The travel agent who I bought all my island hopping ferry tickets from at Piraeus strongly recommended visiting Ayios Nikolaos which is in the north east of Crete - only about 45 minutes from Iraklion with good motorway road all the way - and it was lovely with blue blue water and a cute town centre.

From there it was a nice drive up towards Spinalonga though I didnt go all the way up instead turning inland again and driving up and over the hills that are there through really quaint rural villages and olive groves to Neapoli where I headed on up to the Lasithi plateau and back to Neapoli to stay the night.

From there its only about 15 minutes back to Ayios Nikolaos but just before arriving back into the township there is a road to the left which 10 km along gets you to Kritsa where there are apparently the most complete set of Byzantine frescoes in the church there of Panayia Kyra from the 14 and 15th centuries.

I am glad I did make the effort or use the precious time I had to go see them - couldnt take photos which a minder in the church loudly alerted me to the fact after I had taken 2 photos - flashless though - but sadly couldnt capture the pretty much stunning painting portrayals of biblical characters and events around the walls and roof of the small church.

There is a shop there though that does have postcard photos of the frescoes and also the choice of an old book or a revised one with photos of the frescoes and their stories and also the history of the area - which includes info and photos of the nearby Doric city ruins of Lato. I bought a copy which I thought was good value at only 8 euro. Postcards were 50 cents each.

Tickets to enter the church to see the frescoes are 3 euro per person and are sold at the booth that is at the roadside where roadside parking is provided.

Directly across the road is a cafe with cold drinks and meals available - indoors and outdoors covered seating available. and toilet facilities.

Address: Prefecture of Lasithi
Directions: About 12 km inland from Agios Nikolaos and 3km from the Ancient city of Lato

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 30, 2008
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