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Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion

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Overlooking the eponymous square, Church of Saint Titus is dedicated to the island's first bishop, whose skull was once kept in the temple. Originally built as an Orthodox church by a 10th-century Byzantine emperor who liberated the island from the Arabs, the church was turned first into a Catholic temple by the Venetians and then into a mosque by the Ottomans. The present building owes its eclectic appearance to the Ottoman architect Athanasios Mousis, who rebuilt it after the earthquake of 1856. To visit Church of Saint Titus and get the most from your holiday in Heraklion, create itinerary details personal to you using our Heraklion trip itinerary planner.
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  • Stop and see. This is an absolutely beautiful Orthodox Greek Church. Frescos galore! As someone not religious, I could really appreciate this church.  more »
  • The Church of St Titus is unusual, yet beautiful and reminds me very much of a mosque. I didn't go inside but imagine it is as lovely inside as other Greek Orthodox Churches I had the pleasure of visi...  more »
  • Nice building from outside and different inside. Interesting Greek orthodox church. Service was in session so it was good to experience.  more »
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  • It is a rather newly built edifice of the 20th century styled in an original type. On this place in the 10th century was a church, much later was a mosque. Demolished upon the earthquake in the 18th century.
  • Beautiful courtyard in front. A former mosque. no more minarets, has famous relic skull of St Titus
  • Because it used to be a mosque, from outside it does not say much, inside a typical Byzantine church with icons and wood carvings, not to mention St.Titus skull in a small side room
  • The Holy Church of Saint Titus the Apostle is a unique architectural sample of the Venetian occupation of Crete. Its exterior resembles that of a Venetian temple, yet its interior combines elements of the Byzantine aesthetic of churches. In a small chapel within the church the Holy Skull of Saint Titus is preserved within a case embroidered with gold.
  • Worth a visit. Pretty inside.