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. Make Church of Saint Titus part of your personalized Heraklion itinerary using our Heraklion online trip maker.
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  • Church dating back to 9th century - was converted into a Catholic church by the Venetians, later it became a mosque under the Ottoman rule when the bell tower was used as a minaret. Since 1925 it...  more »
  • Came across this place while walking through town very nice architecture does get busy at times worth a look most organised walks in town would visit  more »
  • We were just walking around the old historic area and decided to wander into the church. It's a very traditional Orthodox church with the old icons at the alter. We happened to come in during mass...  more »
  • A beautiful, old church in the middle of the city. The layout isn’t typical for Orthodox churches; it was converted from a mosque. It contains - allegedly - the skull of St. Titus from the New Testament.
  • One of the most interesting churches in Heraklion. It houses the supposed head of St Titus, mentioned in the New Testament as the founder of the Cretan Church. The church Has a large number of icons and beautiful painting on the interior. It was formerly a mosque, but was later converted into Christian church.
  • I am not religious but visit any church and cathedral I can. This was too plain for me. I love the artwork and the Icons etc in places of worship. I also visited a very small church in Matala and would rate it 5 stars.
  • Lovely place of worship. Bishop Titus in the New Testament pastored here more than 2000 years
  • Beautifull Church. A haven for contemplation and a welcome retreat of the bust Heraklion tourist hurly burly.

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