Old Christian basilicas

Around 80 old Christian basilicas-churches have been identified in all lengths and widths of the island: from Hersonissos and Elounda in the east, Fragokastello and Sougia in the south, Almyrida of Apokoronos, Eleftherna and elsewhere. The largest is in Gortyna, the capital of Crete until the Arab domination, and is dedicated to Saint Titus.

Dating as early as the 4th century AD, the early Christian monuments of Crete are awe-inspiring in size and abundance, which suggests economic prosperity, given their costly construction. Their remains, mainly mosaic floors, survive to this day and are impressive in their dimensions.

Don’t miss

It is worth visiting the church of Michael the Archangel in the Diocese of Kolymbari, in the prefecture of Chania. It is one of the three unique rotundas of the Balkans, dating back to the 6th century AD, in which frescoes and mosaics are preserved.

Early Christian Basilica of Poros Elounda
Early Christian Basilica of Poros Elounda
Old Christian Basilica of Panormos
Old Christian Basilica of Panormos
Old Christian Basilica of St. Titos-Titus in Gortyna
Old Christian Basilica of St. Titos-Titus in Gortyna
Παλαιοχριστιανική Βασιλική Αγίου Νικήτα
Παλαιοχριστιανική Βασιλική Αγίου Νικήτα