Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion

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#2 of 16 in Historic Sites in Heraklion Prefecture
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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  • August 17, 2017
    is in the center of Heraklion, nice to ride at night, nice and old historical church
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  • August 16, 2017
    We found it by chance because it's a little hidden just look good around. Very small although from outside would not seem but then just be open-mouthed ... a show well cared for.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Don't miss this beautiful and troubled Church which contains the relics of Saint Titus, patron saint of the island and the one who brought Christianity. Troubled because later was turned into a Mosque and finally today in the Orthodox Church.
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  • May 8, 2017
    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.
  • March 17, 2017
    Beautiful courtyard in front. A former mosque. no more minarets, has famous relic skull of St Titus
  • June 9, 2017
    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
  • June 24, 2016
    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.
  • November 1, 2016
    Worth a visit. Pretty inside.

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