The church of Panagia Kera & the Mountain – Village Kritsa
The three-aisled, barrel-vaulted church of the All-Holy Virgin ‘the Lady’ with a dome on the nave is located to the south and at a distance of around 500 metres from the settlement of Kritsas. The first layer which is partially preserved in the sanctuary is dated to the middle of the 13th century while the second layer with scenes from the Twelve Great Feasts on the dome belongs to the beginning of the 14th century when the church received an extensive restoration during which the dome was also rebuilt. The church is one of the most important visited monuments of Crete because of its extensive and well-preserved wall painting decoration from various periods of Byzantine art.
The Mountain-Village Kritsa is located 11 km southwards from the City Agios Nikolaos in the East of Crete at an altitude of 375 m. Kritsa is one of the oldest and pricturesque villages with old white houses and narrow streets on the Lassithi mountains. During the Middle Ages, it was thought to be the largest village in Crete.
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