Agios Georgios Xifoforos

Agios Georgios Xifoforos in Apodoulou Amari
Agios Georgios Xifoforos in Apodoulou Amari
Agios Georgios Xifoforos in Apodoulou Amari
  • Construction Period: The current structure, a single-aisled barrel-vaulted church with three blind arches on each side, was built in the mid-13th century.
  • Location: The church is located in a lush, verdant area northwest of the village of Apodoulou in the Amari region of Crete, Greece.
  • Dimensions: The church is a single-aisled structure with three blind arches on each of its long sides.
  • Historical Significance: Agios Georgios Xifoforos is a significant example of Byzantine architecture and religious art in Crete. The church’s frescoes, dating to the mid-13th century, are of high quality and provide valuable insights into the artistic and cultural traditions of the period. The church’s dedication to Saint George, depicted as a sword-bearing warrior (Xifoforos), reflects the importance of this saint in Byzantine culture. While there is evidence suggesting the church may have been part of a monastery, its monastic history remains unclear.
  • Current Status: The church is well-preserved and open to visitors. It continues to be a place of worship and pilgrimage for the local community. The frescoes have been studied and documented by scholars, contributing to our understanding of Byzantine art and culture in Crete.
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Venetian
Byzantine period
Ottoman period
Contemporary
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