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An interesting church now an icon museum

The church, near St Minas Cathedral, was dedicated to St Catherine by the Venetians. During the... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2018
Ludlow, United Kingdom
Do not miss this small gem

The museum om Christian art in Heraklion is a little gem. The church in this museum is placed is a... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2018
Athens, Greece
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Karterou, Heraklion, Crete 71201, Greece
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

The church, near St Minas Cathedral, was dedicated to St Catherine by the Venetians. During the Turkish occupation of Crete it was converted to a mosque. It now holds the Museum of Christian Art - mainly a collection of very fine icons.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PeteWLaw
Reviewed 25 September 2018

This is a Church and Icon Museum not too far from St Minas Cathedral. The building itself is also interesting, having been converted to / from a mosque over time. Worth a look if you're nearby during your travels in the area.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SevenoaksSinjun
Reviewed 13 July 2018

The museum om Christian art in Heraklion is a little gem. The church in this museum is placed is a very beautiful building and gives you a religious experience. And the collection of icons is very impressive. They are all very interesting and beautiful. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank hansolofh
Reviewed 11 May 2018

If you like icons this is a fabulous little place. There are some really important works in here by Damaskenos and Akotantos.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank JRiddingtonY
Reviewed 29 March 2018

St Catherine icon museum has now re opened. I haven't visited yet - just jumped to the top of my to do list as I went twice when it was closed. A friend has just sent me some photos that look stunning.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Debra G
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Cretan art of icons' painting was dominant at 14th and 15th century. Its expressive style is unique. You should give yourself the chance of getting the feeling of those painters putting faith and God love in their art. And this tiny museum is ideal for...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Konstantinos V
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Spent a wonderful morning in this tiny museum studying the icons, which I have to say I didn't know a whole lot about until I came here. The setting is also magnificent, in a small but beautifully restored church that was a mosque in a...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank JudyWSWales
Reviewed 11 October 2017

This lovely old church sits right up next to St Minas in Heraklion. It was built in the 16th century. It now houses a collection of Byzantine icons, religious vestments, wall paintings and manuscripts across six centuries of Orthodox history (from 14th century onwards). It...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Belgo96
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The museum is small but it has a lovely collection including icons from the 14th century and works of Damaskinos. The entrance ticket costs 4 euro which I find reasonable (considering that a cold coffee in Heraklion costs approximately 3.5 euro :) ). I personally...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank kate8801
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Old, beautiful icons which express the religious feelings of excellent icon painters in Crete. The musum is located in a beautiful old church.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank AnnaMarkodi
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