Timios Stavros in Vorizia

Timios Stavros church in Vorizia Crete
Timios Stavros church in Vorizia Crete
Timios Stavros church in Vorizia Crete

Near the ruins of Varsamonero Monastery, the Byzantine church of Timios Stavros stands as a testament to Crete’s rich religious heritage. This single-nave church, adorned with exquisite frescoes and intricate stonework, was once a chapel affiliated with the monastery during the Renaissance period. Its exterior boasts elaborate decorative elements, while the interior walls are covered in vibrant murals depicting biblical scenes and figures.

The church’s location, a short uphill climb from the main road, offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, adding to its allure. Timios Stavros remains an active place of worship, attracting locals and visitors alike to its annual feast day celebrations.

  • Construction Period: Estimated 14th century
  • Location: Vorizia, near Varsamonero Monastery, Crete
  • Dimensions: Single-nave church
  • Historical Significance: Served as a chapel for Varsamonero Monastery during the Renaissance, features well-preserved Byzantine frescoes and intricate stonework.
  • Current Status: Active place of worship, open to visitors.
Earth Road
Byzantine period
Ottoman period
Open to Public

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