Category: Orthodox Crete

Diskouri: like a phoenix from the ashes

In Greece and especially on Crete, April 23 is usually celebrated as the day of St. George the Victorious. Why “usually”? – Because this year the holiday falls on Great Tuesday of Holy Week, which means it will be transferred and celebrated on April 29, right after Easter. Why “especially on Crete”? – Because on […]

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Monasteries and holy places (continuation)

Christian shrines are the greatest pride and joy of the island. In Crete, Christianity was preached by the Apostle Paul with his disciple Titus in the Ist century. The latter became later the first bishop of the island. That is, the history of Christianity in Crete lasts two millennia. There are here many historical monuments […]

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Crete – monasteries and holy places

Christian shrines are the greatest pride and joy of the island. In Crete, Christianity was preached by the Apostle Paul with his disciple Titus in the Ist century. The latter became later the first bishop of the island. That is, the history of Christianity in Crete lasts two millennia. There are here many historical monuments […]

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Crete in May it’s monasteries and holy places

May is very sunny in Crete. The joyful May sun shines over the island almost all the days. In May in Crete there is practically summer weather, but without intense heat, so at this time it is especially pleasant to make excursions around the island. Water in the sea is hardly encouraging to have a […]

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Easter Celebration in Crete

If you decide to take part in the festivities for Easter, to get acquainted with local traditions and taste the Easter dishes of Greek cuisine, you should know exactly when Easter is celebrated. The only “rule” is that Bright Easter always falls on a Sunday. The main reason for this uniqueness is the decision of […]

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Crete and Orthodox Christianity

Since the emergence of Christianity in Europe, the island of Crete has tended toward the center of Orthodoxy. A lot of religious monuments are concentrated on the island. Orthodox traditions and daily life of the population are inextricably interconnected. The history of Christianity in Crete has about two millennia. In the I century it was […]

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From the first years of the formation of Christianity, the island of Crete became the heartstone of orthodoxy

This is evidenced by hundreds of religious monuments scattered throughout the island. Even the most important liberation movements began in monasteries. Consequently, the religious traditions are very strong in all areas of the island, and the daily life of the Cretans is inextricably linked with it. The territory of Crete is its own archbishopric diocese, […]

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Church of Crete

The Church of Crete is an Apostolic Era Church: the first Christian nucleus was formed here around 64 A.D. by St. Paul, during his 4th missionary journey. Paul assigned to his disciple Titus, who became the first Bishop of Crete, the systematic teaching of Christianity on the island.  Christianity encountered strong resistance from the Nations […]

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Agios Minas Cathedral

Agios Minas Cathedral is one of the main Churches in the city of Heraklion, is located at the Venizelos square, and is one of the largest in Greece, with a capacity of 8 thousand people. The commemoration day of the saint, on 11 November, is a patronal feast and official holiday. The abode of the […]

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Shrines in Crete

Crete – mythos and reality… Crete is known as one of the largest centers of religious and cultural life in Greece. Apostle Paul with his disciple Titus, who later became the first bishop of the island, preached Christianity even in the I century. The Cathedral of St. Titus is unique combining different architectural styles. This […]

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