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Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini

Heraklion, Crete, Greece
+30 281 033 6316
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Lovely old church now a museum

I love ecclesiastical architecture so have thoroughly enjoyed the wealth of beautiful churches of... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
Anita H
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
St. Catherine's Church and Museum

This unique monument is a testament of the Christian Orthodox heritage of Crete. It is home to some... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2017
Ioannis S
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Heraklion, Crete, Greece
+30 281 033 6316
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

I love ecclesiastical architecture so have thoroughly enjoyed the wealth of beautiful churches of all shapes and sizes in Crete. This one is a little different to many you will see, and now hosts a museum dedicated to Greek Orthodox Christianity. I cannot comment of...More

Thank Anita H
Reviewed 10 February 2017

This unique monument is a testament of the Christian Orthodox heritage of Crete. It is home to some of the most important religious relics created in Crete during the Byzantine times and the era of the Venetian conquest of the island. It may function as...More

Thank Ioannis S
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Such wonderful artifacts and information in this small church. Hoprfully they will be able to move to a larger place soon to do real justice to what they have.

Thank Lew512
Reviewed 17 July 2016

This old church has been converted into a magnificent museum of Christian art after a seven-year closure. The results are nothing short of magnificent. The collection (mostly of Cretan icons) covers a long historical period. The critical and historical explanations are a demonstration of careful...More

3  Thank Panajody
Reviewed 13 November 2015

Some of the many icons displayed in this museum reminded me of Giotto fresco paintings, and no wonder. Some of the earliest were from the 14th Century, just after Giotto's time, and a few even depicted Old Testament events, much to my surprise. There are...More

Thank BinPerp
Reviewed 5 November 2015

This is a must see diamond ! Newly refurbished, this fantastic church built the 9th century is a jewel in the heart of the city. This used to be somehow a university during the cretan renaissance. Paintings from the cretan school, especially the fantastic, unique...More

1  Thank giorgo11
Reviewed 22 June 2015

The church was part of a monastic school which became an intellectual centre on the island during the Cretan Renaissance. St. Catherine, houses a Museum of Religious Art.

Thank Sinaitiko C
Reviewed 16 June 2015

This nice old Church is adjacent to the Saint Minas Cathedral; it looks like it was renovated but was still closed for some reason; therefore we were not able to see the Icons Museum. We believe the Icons must be marvelous.

Thank Issa N
Reviewed 8 December 2012

A diferrent church and my favourite in Heraklion.Nowadays a museum, it hosts some great samples of cretan holy iconografy which is really scenic and vivid in colours.

3  Thank Eri F
Reviewed 22 July 2012

The church and museum are closed for renovation. There is no sign anywhere about it so we went several times in vain until we at last were told that it was not open.

Thank travelbug2408
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