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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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  • Little church in the centre of Heraklion near the town including the entry hall is to find out because Nice architecture
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  • The early Church, built by the Venetians in the 13th over a former building of the Byzantine era, later became a mosque and a Orthodox Church, stands with a facade that looks more like a Palace than a church, going away slowly from the buildings you can catch a glimpse of the blue-green dome that refers us to a mosque. The Interior is particularly rich in Byzantine icons with a beautiful polychromatic iconostasis, wood is the dominant material. It is the Church of the patron saint of Crete, s. Titus, who evangelized the island and in a shrine is retained his skull.
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  • Very nice church with incredible wooden carved chandelier. Photographs very old different Saints. The night has awesome blue lighting
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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.

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Heraklion serves as a convenient base for exploring Crete and draws big crowds with its centrally located hotels, which offer free Wi-Fi, secure parking, private swimming pools, and fitness facilities. Although pricey, staying in the city center also keeps you near the area's top shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you don't mind driving to shops and restaurants, explore the mid-range hotels and small inns farther away from the busy coastline, where you can choose a budget-friendly room with sea views and easy access to quiet beaches.
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