Church of the Panagia (Fodele)

The Church of the Panagia, located in the small village of Fodele, just a few kilometres from Crete’s capital, Heraklion, is one of the island’s most valuable Byzantine structures.

It was constructed on the center aisle of a three-aisled Early Christian basilica from the sixth century. A portion of the exterior foundations, two pillars, and a baptistery can still be found in the church today.

Inside the monastery, you will see stunning antique paintings, some even dating back to the 12th century. There are also depictions of Jesus, Mary, John the Baptist, angels, apostles, and other Biblical figures.

The temple is nestled amongst a grove of orange trees directly across from the El Greco Museum.