Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion

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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  • is in the center of Heraklion, nice to ride at night, nice and old historical church
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pretty Church with nice stain glass windows. Worth popping in.
  • 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.
  • Nice church decorated with paintings, not frescoes!
  • Beautiful courtyard in front. A former mosque. no more minarets, has famous relic skull of St Titus
  • Gorgeous example of a Greek church

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